The hard, woody vines of wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) plants wrap themselves tightly around tree trunks and branches, cutting through bark and causing host plant death by girdling. As girdled trees die, gaps in the vegetation area form, increasing the amount of sunlight reaching forest floors. This may give native and beneficial plant species a leg up, but it ultimately stimulates the vigorous growth and spread of wisteria and other problematic plants.
Wisteria vine stems are somewhat smooth with color varying from gray-brown to tan and growing up to 10 feet per growing season.
The plant’s flowers range from white to purple or violet-blue to blue. The one-half to 1 inch flowers are arranged in 6- to 12-inch-long dangling racemes. Nonnative wisterias can take up to 15 years to flower. Flowering begins in late March and continues through May. All three nonnative wisteria species open before the leaves fully develop.
In addition to featuring brightly colored flowers, the plant grows 4- to 6-inch-long velutinous pods that hold up to eight flat, round brown seeds that develop July through November. Seed pods are normally greenish brown or golden and often remain on the vine throughout fall and winter.
The plant’s flowers range from white to purple or violet-blue to blue. The one-half to 1 inch flowers are arranged in 6- to 12-inch-long dangling racemes.
Wisteria vine stems are somewhat smooth with color varying from gray-brown to tan and growing up to 10 feet per growing season. Donna R. Ellis, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org
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