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Old 10-03-2014, 02:08 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Here in Southern California our Wisterias start exploding their seed pods in a very entertaining, loud and almost violent fashion after 2-3 days of consecutive Santa Ana conditions (dry, hot winds in autumn emanating from an atmospheric high at around the Four Corners area blowing to our coasts (I deem this an EVIL HIGH, as it is also responsible for blocking our winter storms- hence our devastating drought) - an opposite from normal where moist ocean borne winds blows inland). These conditions exist now and my neighbor's Wisteria is on the attack to our house/terrace lol, shooting seeds fast enough to cause a "ping" on a window, and loud enough it will cause you to jump if it happens just next to you and a seed smacks you in the face.

I always think this is kind of cool, and while I know it is not an entirely unusual seed dispersal strategy for a plant, it is a pretty fascinating and an aggressive strategy for a usually mild mannered plant. I'm just curious though, because Santa Ana conditions are very geographic specific to here, yet Wisterias are found all over the place, can you tell me if Wisterias elsewhere also exhibit this seasonal stage as noticeable as it is here, is it the same time, what seems to trigger it elsewhere?

Thanks for the info or descriptions/explanations that you might have.
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:16 PM
 
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Anything a wisteria does that it's supposed to do is good. I have had a wisteria vine for 25 years and it has never flowered. It used to be a tree that never flowered but I hacked it down and it came back as a vine. It's interesting and will totally take over all of the surrounding trees and shrubs if I just let it be but it's very invasive so it has to be totally cut and tamed CONSTANTLY.
I know wisteria in other locations is gorgeous in the spring but not in my little garden. This plant is friends with my trumpet vine - probably the only trumpet vine on the planet that has also not flowered!
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:27 PM
 
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Anything a wisteria does that it's supposed to do is good. I have had a wisteria vine for 25 years and it has never flowered. It used to be a tree that never flowered but I hacked it down and it came back as a vine. It's interesting and will totally take over all of the surrounding trees and shrubs if I just let it be but it's very invasive so it has to be totally cut and tamed CONSTANTLY.
I know wisteria in other locations is gorgeous in the spring but not in my little garden. This plant is friends with my trumpet vine - probably the only trumpet vine on the planet that has also not flowered!
And thank goodness for that, because the last thing the planet needs is more trumpet vine babies. I rank that plant with kudzu. A real thug, that one.
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