Answer: Wisteria sinensis is a native of China that has escaped and naturalized throughout the south. It will grow well from hardiness zones 5-9, so you should have no problem making it feel at home.
Wisteria can harm trees in two ways: first by covering and shading out the treetops, second by encircling a tree trunk when the tree is young and strangling it over time as the tree trunk increases in diameter.
It is a beautiful spring blooming vine that can quickly fill an arbor or large trellis. I have seen some beautiful specimens trained down fences and kept in bounds by removing most of the previous season's growth in late winter. It can also be trained to a post and allowed to create a bushy top. In time the trunk will grow strong enough to stand on its own. However you grow it, plan to prune it heavily.
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