My wife insists that these are Lilacs, and she is probably right. But I started thinking about growing Japanese wisterias up the front of the house and after doing a little bit of research, decided that the wisterias look similar, if not exactly, like these trees in my backyard. Can anybody settle this? And if by chance they are wisterias I could use advice on splitting. As you can see Ive been hacking away at these trees for years because they were taking up too much room and they used to have many more sprouts. Id say these are about half the size they used to be. Thanx for any help here. Hope the pics work
So the pictures didnt upload. Here are links in case anybody feels like identifying this species.
Good try watering can, but wisteria is a viney type growth, and those pics show more upward growth.
And lilac flowers with an upward cone, whereas wisteria is a downward cluster.
Notice the leaves? Lilacs are bigger and broader, nicely delicately pointed, and darker richer green.
I'll take either/or though!! :)
I figured it was just wishful thinking. But before I maimed half of the trees the branches did seem to grow in every direction and the blooms, which are conical, always droop downwards, at least whenever I notice them. The wife couldnt believe I would question her on lilacs lol. Looks like Im in the market for Japanese wisterias, hopefully they arent excessively hard to find.
Once I saw a bush along a railroad track --- what's it doin' there? It survived, the old house had not.
Well, about questions, I've benefited from the philosophy that there is no bad question ... unless it's the same one asked in hopes of a different answer (which is insanity of course). Your wife just pullin' your chain??? ;)
Good luck with Japanese Wisterias!!
ok, seems like what you have is not wisteria, and it depends on where you live if you can grow them, I was born and raised in the UP of Mich. and lilacs are there, now in north Fl, no lilacs, but tons of wisteria, can't grow lilacs here, go figure.They can't grow wisteria in Mich. so something is differant, both are very beautiful. I miss the lilacs, but wisteria is a very close second, smells wonderful.
LJ6, Im just outside of Detroit. On Saturday I was at a guys house and he had wisterias growing up and around his house. Of course there was zero foliage on them but I still thought that the vines alone looked spectacular (Id love to see them in bloom). I did notice that he still had the tag around one of the trunks, so they could have been new. But if they were new the wisterias apparently grew wild, by both his words and the fact that he had grown one of them up the side of the house and had it trained it to wrap around the corner across the entirety of of the top of his garage, neatly splitting just before his address began and then meeting back up again. After seeing his house I immediately came up with all sorts of cool ideas for my own home. Do you suppose his specimens were simply new and wont last long? Are you sure wisterias wont live here? Thanx, your input is appreciated.
To be specific they were Japanese wisterias.
Comment is late, but just in case someone else is researching and comes across this as I did: Be sure to do diligent research on the plant. If you do not stay on top of pruning, wisteria vines can get into crevases and be very destructive to structures, particularly if you have rain gutters around your roof. Wisteria will bring them down if not pruned several times a year.
Wisteria is invasive! It is beautiful but it's hard to control unless pruned and I mean prunded, plus it sends out runners.