Name this Bush/Tree

itsmekarakMarch 27, 2007

We just moved into a house with a bush (maybe it's a tree) that during the winter time looked dreadfully awful. However, now that spring has sprung it has bloomed into beautiful purple blooms making it a gorgeous addition to our gardens. The beautiful blooms are amazing to look at, unfortunately, you have to compete with the enormous amounts of wasps and bees to get a good glimpse. Take a look and let me know if you recognize this.

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ARRRGGGGGGG, there'a another one that's blooming. All of them bloom except mine. It's wisteria. A vine that can be very invasive but it can be trained to grow into a bush or tree form also.


    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 7:46PM
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Yes, I have a "tree" someone trained in my yard... and more vines tearing down a fence. Lisa, you're only in Tennessee, want to come dig up mine? Totally purple, I swear!

You might have to bring a backhoe to get it out, though...

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 9:53PM
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Think I could get it out with a tractor? lol.


    Bookmark   March 28, 2007 at 7:52PM
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Wow, aren't wisteria's difficult to maintain? Isn't there a huge process of pruning this bush? How do you prune this thing? Any suggestions? What about fertilizer?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2007 at 9:10PM
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I don't think they are difficult to maintain except in regards to keeping them in bounds! Plants that have escaped cultivation are now blooming in woodland areas all over the south, sometimes covering several acres in a purple haze!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pruning wisteria

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 6:46AM
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For heavens sake!!! Don't even carry a bag of fertilizer by the thing. When ever you see a tendril reaching out for something nearby, cut it off. Especially around bushes like azalea. Otherwise it will smother everything and you'll never get rid of it. It comes up from the root if it's where the sprouts don't get mowed off.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 2:59PM
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I seem to be in the minority in most gardening groups regarding the wisteria. I've always been one who liked to plant things other people said to stay away from.

I planted a wisteria about 20 years ago, and it took it 16 years to bloom. I had heard that they can take a long time. I bought a second one and planted it beside the first and it actually bloomed at the same time my first one bloomed. I'd only had it about two or three years. We built a large arbor for it to climb and as I've had people say unless its steel (mine is wood) the wisteria will eventually tear it down.

But in the Spring I don't think there is anything any more beautiful than those blooms. The other thing to be very careful of is the seed pods. If you let them stay on the vine until they pop the seeds fling everywhere. That can really be a problem.

Good luck with yours.


    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 3:58PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

The neighbor behind me has some that's made its way to the privacy fence that divides our yards. It's starting to strangle one of their camellias. You can bet I'll be keeping my clippers handy.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2007 at 8:06PM
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