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04-27-2015 02:09 AM

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I have seen these blooming all along Interstate 40 in the Eastern half of U.S. today (From Western Arkansas all the way to Greensboro NC. This picture was taken through the rainy windshield in Western North Carolina at the rest area/welcome center).

I’m referring to the larger purple blooming trees here, not the small dogwood in the foreground. Sorry for the lousy picture, but the weather wasn’t great.

They have a strange sort of (I assume left over from last year) seed pod or nut cluster that sort of looks like a bunch of grapes hanging near each bloom cluster.

If I can find out what they are, I may plant a few of them on my property.

Anybody know what kind it is?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.


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#1 posted 04-27-2015 02:25 AM

Wisteria. It can be invasive.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 11:27 AM

Thanks Bob. I thought Wisteria was a vine???

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#3 posted 04-27-2015 12:16 PM

It is wisteria. and yes it IS a vine. It will grow (and take over) ANYTHING it can grab onto. Years ago I stopped on the side of a small back road and pulled a couple shoots up from the ground and put them in my yard. The mistake was I didn’t know then how invasive they were. I replanted them near some pine trees and within 2 years the pine trees looked like they had grape clusters growing in them.

Lots of people put them in their yard and keep them trimmed into a bush. When the flowers die out, it actually is a nice green bush.
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#4 posted 04-27-2015 12:34 PM

It is a vine like Joe said, but if you grow it in the open where it has nothing to climb it can grow like a bush or small tree.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 04-27-2015 12:35 PM

My parents have some wooded acreage in western South Carolina and this stuff was everywhere. Looked great when in bloom, but it had really taken a toll on many of the trees it had latched onto. Having to take down several Walnuts that would have otherwise been fine was disheartening. Even today there’s far too many loose branches high up in many of the trees, a good wind usually makes for at long days worth of cleanup.

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#6 posted 04-27-2015 12:39 PM

So the ones in my picture and the ones seen along the road are more likely NOT wisteria “trees”, but rather wisteria vines that have taken over some other kind of tree?

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#7 posted 04-27-2015 12:47 PM

Yes, I would say so.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 04-27-2015 12:51 PM

We live in Western NC (north of Asheville) & I’m guessing you may be seeing the “Red Bud” trees that are blooming now, Although called red bud, the flowers are more purple.

http://www.treehelp.com/redbud/

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#9 posted 04-27-2015 12:54 PM

I thought of red bud, but when he said the flowers looked like bunches of grapes, I figured it was wisteria.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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