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Article: 10 Hardy vines you should know: Wisteria, akebia

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wandygirl
Brookfield, CT

September 29, 2008
10:58 PM

Post #5614691

Wisteria is a puzzlement: My sister lives in Orange County, NY (zone 5) and has been trying to get hers to bloom for the past few years with no success. I think she has W. floribunda or perhaps W. sinensis. Here in western CT a nearby vacant lot has been overrun by Wisteria (not sure which species), oriental bittersweet and tree-of-heaven (truly an unfair name). In that setting the only good thing I can say about the wisteria is that it is giving the bittersweet a good challenge to see which will strangle the tree-of-heaven first.
I love Akebia quinata, but be warned. Don't turn your back on it. It will likely make the CT invasives list soon. It is definitely on the IPANE* radar.

*IPANE = Invasive Plant Atlas of New England
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

September 29, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #5614918

I had to use a chain saw to remove the wisteria - after it pulled the arbor away from the house, and got under the roof shingles. It still comes up from the ground - and sneaks up tree trunks and what have you so quick. Flowers? What flowers??? If I knew then, what I know now, I would have put this bully in some other location.

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