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Killer wisteria!Posted Sunday, April 19, 2009, at 5:40 PM
This wisteria is growing up a 40-foot mulberry tree, which the vine has killed. Now I have a dead tree and a very much-alive vine with blossoms too high up to really appreciate! Any suggestions?
When my husband and I planted this beautiful plant with the grape-like blossoms, we had no idea that it could take over the world! It reached out six or seven feet, grabbed hold of the then-living mulberry tree, and I thought, "Oh, won't that be beautiful!"
HA! Now the only way anyone can enjoy the bloom is to get a crick in their neck, looking up to the top of the tree -- which, I might add, is now DEAD! So much for symbiosis! How can something SO BEAUTIFUL be so DEADLY??
I first saw a wisteria, when I left my hometown of Dexter at the callow age of 17. Enrolled in SEMO, I lived at the old Leming Hall, which all you "mature" folks know, was where the University Center is now. I have warm memories of that ancient building with the tall windows and deep window seats.
In fact, everything in Cape was magic! I thought it had to be the most wonderful city in the world - and that campus was undoubtedly the most beautiful in existence!
Between Leming Hall and Kent Library was the most gorgeous, exotic bush I ever saw in my life. It was right in the front corner, probably ten feet in diameter, with those aromatic, lavendar, grape-like clusters. We walked past it every day when we went to class. Heavenly!
I don't know when the college - in all its collective wisdom - cut the wisteria down, but now that I know the plant better, I'm amazed that they were able to kill it. It seems pretty darned tough.
My son Matthew and I stood and looked at it today, and he said, "Well, I guess we're gonna have to cut it all out - tree, bush and all!" For once, I think he might be right.
However, if the wisteria does what it did at my mom's house in Springfield, I don't think we have to worry about it totally disappearing. I have a feeling that I'll need to get a BIG trellis ready for it when it rises from the dead!
Are there any wisteria experts out there to give advice??
From the green hills of Tillman, this is your rural reporter, wondering if wisteria can open doors??
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.