Lilac wisteria on the wooden beams of the pergola in a garden
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The Hidden Dangers Of Planting Chinese Wisteria In Your Garden
Wisteria comes in more than a dozen varieties, and one commonly grown across the American Southeast — Chinese wisteria — is an invasive species with blooms of purple and lavender.
If grown too closely to existing plants, the wisteria's vines are positioned to compete with them for the resources they need to survive, even killing them to stay alive.
Chinese wisteria is often found scaling trees and tangling within shrubbery as its vines grow longer and stronger with time, slowly depriving the host plant of necessary nutrients.
Capable of growing up to 10 feet each year, wisteria can grow exceptionally fast. Thus, it's important to take action against its vines as early as possible.
To get rid of Chinese wisteria for good, cut the vines as close to the root as you can, then paint over the rest of the vine with glyphosate, a popular herbicide.
Be thorough when disposing of any wisteria vines, as any leftover remnants can take root and cause new vines to grow in their place.