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Posted by bakersuzie 8 (My Page) on
Wed, May 2, 12 at 10:25

Someone gave me a wysteria vine about 6 yrs ago and I planted it on my pergola. BIG MISTAKE!! I think it is the old fashion kind that you see in the woods. (according to the long purple blooms on it.) Needless to say it has lived and thrived to the point that runners are everywhere. They are even coming up thru the decking boards on the deck of my pergola and spreading to the nearby trees next to the pergola. Although this plant is lovely in the spring when it blooms it has become a real nuisance. I have decided to cut it down and replace it with something much less invasive. Will cutting it down kill it or will these runners keep popping up? Are there any varieties of this plant that are not as invasive. If not what is another vine that will cover the top of my pergola and give me some shade but stay put and not have all these ground runners.

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RE: wysteria

I don't know which species of Wisteria you have, but I just bought American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) and it is supposed to be much less invasive compared to the Asiatic species. I had to take down my Chinese or Japanese Wisteria when a new fence was installed. The native American species is very beatiful too though the flowers are said not to be as aromatic.

RE: wysteria

Both Chinese and Japanese wisteria are available as grafted plants, but it sounds as though the plant you were given was on its own roots. If that's the case, the answer to your question about "runners" is yes, top growth will continue to pop up, probably for years. Cutting the vine to the ground sends an SOS signal to the roots, so you may notice an increase in the number of "volunteers". Keep an eagle eye out for them and be ruthless in whacking them out or treating them with an herbicide ASAP. Top growth provides energy to the roots, enabling them to continue to spread.

The following link offers some info you might consider.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wysteria Extermination

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