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Name: Marissa
Rhode Island
VicMar2008
May 20, 2018 8:26 AM CST
Last August my husband and I bought a home, first time homeowners 😊. Anyway we were told by one of our neighbors that we had a huge beautiful Purple Wisteria. Well she was right......this beautiful piece of nature started blooming last week and I am in love and determined to keep her healthy. The house we bought was Love at first sight but needed to be brought back to life and along with the house this beautiful tree and landscape had been neglected for many many years as well. At least 10-15 Year's. The house is a colonial built in 1800 and the moment we walked through the door we saw the dormant beauty this house had to offer. We couldn't resist. So here we are. Spring time and these beautiful purple flowers are blooming. Here's where the problem comes in.....I DO NOT have a green thumb at all 😔 but DETERMINED to learn. I need to be educated on how to care and nurture this tree. Whether or not I am able to train it being that it's so big; how do I clean up the monstrosity of a mess I have over here. Here are some pics


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Name: greene
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greene
May 20, 2018 8:33 AM CST
You do not have a Wisteria tree. A Wisteria is a vining plant. It can be trained into somewhat of a tree form by careful pruning but the photos you are showing is not a Wisteria. If you would please get closer and take more photos to show the leaves and flowers, someone may come along and tell you what the tree is. I am not seeing purple flowers in the images. To my ancient eyes, the flowers look more of a white color. Thank you. And good luck in your new home.
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Name: Marissa
Rhode Island
VicMar2008
May 20, 2018 1:08 PM CST
From what I was told by several people it is Wisteria. The flowers are exactly the same Keep in mind it just starts blooming yesterday. The vines of the Wisteria are intertwined with several other trees as well as intertwined with the power lines.
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ctcarol
May 20, 2018 1:19 PM CST
The second photo shows the twisted Wisteria vine clearly climbing the tree. At this point I can't begin to tell you what to do with it, but it does need to be removed from those power lines. Not a do it yourself job. Contact your Electric provider for advice. Those vines get very heavy, and could bring down the lines.
Name: Marissa
Rhode Island
VicMar2008
May 20, 2018 1:32 PM CST
We already did that. According to National Grid which is the power supply company "the trees, vines etc are not a threat to the wires". I totally disagree with them but at this point there's nothing we can do about those power lines so until the come down I will enjoy the beautiful flowers that bloom around them for now. Thank you for replying.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 20, 2018 1:59 PM CST
You don't have a Wisteria tree, you have a Wisteria in a tree. Wisteria are huge heavy vines that will climb anything that comes to hand, including power lines, trees and your house.

At this point, I think the only way you can control it is to cut it down and let it start over. And it will start over. I hate to be the 'party pooper' but you have a problem.

I would get your power company to put their opinion in writing so when the lines do come down, they can't send you they bill.
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Name: Marissa
Rhode Island
VicMar2008
May 20, 2018 2:03 PM CST
This is where I followed a blooming vine coming from. So are you saying these are vines coming out of the ground. This part of my yard has been neglected for at least 15 years. I wouldn't know where to begin.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 20, 2018 2:10 PM CST
I'm sure by now you have lots of vines - they root as they crawl long the ground toward their next 'victim'.

I had one grow up the side of my house. I followed it back to my neighbor's house about 50 yards away. I hadn't seen the 'crawlers' because they were traveling under leaves that had fallen from my trees.
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