Avatar for BadBob
Jun 9, 2019 7:51 AM CST
Halifax, Nova Scotia
This shrub is taking over a forsythia bush. What is it?
Thumb of 2019-06-09/BadBob/450f12


Thumb of 2019-06-09/BadBob/cbfe28
Image
Jun 9, 2019 8:25 AM CST
Name: Darrie
Stuart, FL (Zone 10a)
That looks like Wisteria frutescens - American Wisteria - to me. Beautiful, fragrant flowers in early spring, can be trained into either a climbing vine or a bush, but it MUST be controlled or it will literally take over the yard. Very difficult to remove as even a single root with re-germinate into a new bush. I tried for 30 years to remove one that had taken over a giant Yew tree and never managed it. I loved the flowers. Hated the battle.

Thumb of 2019-06-09/Darrieb/5ffe9c
Moving from New York to the Treasure Coast leaves me feeling like a newbie in the Garden. Nevermind that I've been at it for 35 years! :P
Image
Jun 9, 2019 8:28 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener Houseplants
My first thought was Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) which has naturalized and is considered invasive in many areas but I'm not all that good at identifying trees so I'm not sure. I will move this thread to the Plant Identification Forum so it will get more views. We have lots of knowledgeable members who are good at identifying plants so I'm sure someone will recognize it.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Image
Jun 9, 2019 8:32 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener Houseplants
Oh, it does look like leaves of Wisteria! There are two types that are invasive in many areas, perhaps it might be one of those?

Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Image
Jun 9, 2019 8:37 AM CST
Name: Darrie
Stuart, FL (Zone 10a)
It could easily be either one! Hard to tell without seeing more, especially the flowers.

I know of one Wisteria that actually took down a deck at a friend's house. I've seen others completely engulf mature Oak and Maple trees.

The scent of the blossoms in early spring is heavenly. The rest of that plant? Not so much..!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Moving from New York to the Treasure Coast leaves me feeling like a newbie in the Garden. Nevermind that I've been at it for 35 years! :P
Avatar for BadBob
Jun 9, 2019 9:08 AM CST
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Thank you all. It's our 1st season here, so don't know the history. There are some Wisteria on pergolas in the neighbourhood but I was skeptical if this was, since it's in with the forsythia. Didn't realize it was invasive either, but it has clearly overtaken the forsythia in spits.
Image
Jun 9, 2019 9:22 AM CST
Name: Darrie
Stuart, FL (Zone 10a)
@BadBob it doesn't have to be invasive if it is tightly controlled. It spreads mostly by runners and irresponsible disposal of roots from attempted removal of plants. (Don't try to compost it. Just brown bag it and have them haul it away!)

I have seen many beautiful specimens thrive on pergolas, gazebos and metal trellises. In every case the owner has the vine cut waaaaay back every year (I believe right after it's done flowering, but, I'm not 100% on that fact.) to control its size and reach. And, yes. It should be some sort of metal structure that it grows on, or it'll likely break it in a few years.
Blinking Thumbs up Crossing Fingers!
Moving from New York to the Treasure Coast leaves me feeling like a newbie in the Garden. Nevermind that I've been at it for 35 years! :P
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.
  • Started by: BadBob
  • Replies: 6, views: 224
Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by Mike and is called "Petunia 'Picasso'"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.