Wisteria (sinensis, floribunda), the fragrant woody vine that’s ubiquitous in the south, was imported from Asia in the 1800’s as an ornamental. While beautiful, it’s very invasive and destructive to our native ecology, and it’s listed as an exotic pest plant, certainly not a team player. The vines can grow up to ten inches in diameter, girdling trees and choking out native vegetation, completely altering a forest as it destroys the canopy. We see this here on old abandoned house sites on our farm where it is out of control.
Our native wisteria (frutescens) is a great alternative with purple or white flowers, perfect for arbors and fences, fragrant, and much easier to keep in bounds. .
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