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Long And Winding Wisteria

You've heard the words to the song, "Long and Winding Wisteria," right?

Sing this to the Beatles tune, "Long and Winding Road."

 

The long and winding Wisteria that leads to your deck
Will never disappear.
I've seen that Wisteria before, it always leads me here.
Leads me to your deck.

It's never a good idea to plant Wisteria and allow it to wrap itself on and around house parts, particularly a deck.  It will take it over!

Once the Wisteria was so pervasive and overgrown that it took over the deck I was inspecting, literally holding it up!  You can read about it here.

Wisteria will grow thick and strong.

In that previous post it was holding up the deck, having literally moved the posts!

On this deck the Wisteria is only a couple of years old.

Here it can be seen moving the guardrail in the left photo.  And in the right photo it is growing through, and moving, the deck guardrail caps.

As it grows, Wisteria will slowly move, and change, the deck and deck parts, the deck's strength, the deck's appearance and the deck's safety.  It is not a good thing!

This plant needs to be removed before it does further damage.

My recommendation:  understand what you are doing before you plant something.  Learn about the plant's characteristics, it's habits, it's size and future.  This is exceptionally relevant information.  Too close is too close.  Too big is too big.  However pretty, or fragrant a plant may become, if it becomes too large or creates a damaging or dangerous circumstance, it should never be planted in the first place!

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 50 commentsJay Markanich • June 17 2015 04:05AM

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Good morning Jay. Your point is well made. No plant or shrub, let alone tree should be anywhere near our homes.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Particularly vines Sheila!  But this vine in particular is damaging.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Yicks....one of those didn't think before they planted...and they were sooo little then....just like the bush and tree roots that find their way thru the foundations here !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 3 years ago

People look for appearance or fragrance before common sense sometimes S&D.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

The Wisteria is known to do this, knowing this before planting can eliminate a lot of issues later on Jay.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 3 years ago

For sure Tom.  It's best to understand what you are doing before doing it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Hi Jay,

Good post. I did not know this, learned something new thanks.

Posted by Steve Higgins (RE/MAX Kelowna) over 3 years ago

Steve - I often see things inappropriately planted, particularly large trees too close to the house.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Love the song as the intro - wisteria is so pretty that people don't understand its destructive nature! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay,  I think wisteria is absolutely beautiful and so very fragrant, but I also realize it is also quite invasive.  Thanks for sharing what it can do to a home if it is allowed to grow on it.  I did not realize how destructive it could be.  

Posted by Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com) over 3 years ago

But it was such a cute little plant when I planted it...

I told you not to plant that little bean Jack!!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

May the best wood "win"....is what is at work here. In the end, the deck suffers

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 3 years ago

Lise - I love Wisteria.  It attracts bees though!  It's best on its own holder somewhere off the house.

Laura - it can get really big and since it's a vine it's hard to cut!  And you have a great name for real estate!  My college econ professors were Price, Law and Coffee.  Doesn't get much better than that.

It could become one to reach the clouds in time Fred, and take the house with it.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Richie - true words.  The deck and eventually the house.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I learned something here...I always thought it was a mouthwash!! Thank god you inspectors continue to set me straight!!

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) over 3 years ago

Thanks Mike.  Mouthwash?  You mean a Wisteria flavor?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Hi Jay!  I think something is up with AR.  I KNOW that was following you for years.  I just saw that it was showing that I was not.  I just remedied this.  Very strange.  

 

Anyway, although I love Wisteria I can see where this could be a really bad things.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 3 years ago

Homeowners plant shrubs and trees way too close to their homes here all the time and it causes problems with termintes. Any greenery has to be a minimum of two feet away from your home here and that includes the tree canopies not just the trunk. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 3 years ago

Ivy and brickwork do not mix well.  How many tree limbs hanging over the roof pro long the life of the roof?

Posted by Dwight Puntigan, Dwight Puntigan (DRP Realty, LLC) over 3 years ago

Thanks Paula!  Glad you are back.  Haven't seen you in a while, now that I think of it.  And I don't feel so slighted ... says he with a wink.   ; >)

That is so right Nicole.  It does attract termites, and moisture, to the house.

Dwight - ivy looks great on the old MacGregor castle, but not sided or brick homes!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay, We bought a wisteria recently.  Trying to decide where to build the arbor and place it so it can't damage anything later.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 3 years ago

Metal arbors are probably best Bliz.  Strong and deep!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Great post about this beautiful viny plant that destroys trees and homes! I love that plant and it is just gorgeous but it's evil. My parents had one planted in the middle of the front yard of their home. They trimmed that puppy many times each year. Plus the runners that plant through out were numerous.... after years and they up in years they decided to destroy the plant. 

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 3 years ago

Sussie - allowed enough time I think it would take over the world...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Wisteria is so beautiful, but it needs to grow away from house structures for sure!!  

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 3 years ago

That is the bottom line Maureen.  And so often it takes houses over!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Wisteria is evil.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 3 years ago

It sure is insidious and doesn't stop Lenn.  Evil may be a good word!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay.  I wouldn't know a wisteria if I saw it.  I've heard my wife talk about them but I am plant clueless.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 3 years ago

Even more reason to research what plants do before you plant them James!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Wisteria hysteria can end up hysterical -- historically speaking 😊

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 3 years ago

Succintly put Charlie.

I think...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I had no idea that wisteria could be such an imposing threat.  People need to think twice before they plant anything.  I see a lot of trees close to foundations and wonder about the future.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Wisteria is gorgeous--I love it, in both the purple hues and the white. However--it is essential to prune and train it to avoid damage to structures, trees, etc.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) over 3 years ago

Wisteria is creepy and twisted, like some people.

At the rental property next door, there is a tree planted too close to the house.  The tenants kids climb the tree limbs onto the roof of the house.  Potential lawsuit if they are injured.

Posted by Jerry Lucas, Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training (ABC Legal Docs LLC) over 3 years ago

I am interested to see what the rest of the home looks like. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) over 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information. Wisteria is indeed evil to decks and patio covers.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 3 years ago

Just like any vine, critters use it to climb.  Yuck, who wants critters dancing on the roof (or attic) at night.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 3 years ago

Not only do they directly attack the sturcture they can allow the elements to bring in the rot and the bugs.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Great post and thoughts on my it is never a good idea to plant too close to a deck, roof or the house! 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 3 years ago

Gary - it is a strong and aggressive plant!

Lottie - it is best trained on something strong and away from the house.

Jerry - things too close to the house (plants and trees) are something I often see.

Nathan - there were a few things, but overall this was a very nice place.

Kimo - in a nutshell, yes!  It is not good stuff near anything.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

C&D - and on this one they could climb all over the house!

All true statments Gene.  Not a good idea for so many reasons.

Jan - it is almost never a good idea.  But particularly a plant such as this.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I thought Kudzu was worse?

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 3 years ago

Lyn - Kudzu is nasty and very thick, but doesn't develop the really thick, damaging vines.  Around here we have Virginia Creeper which can take over a house!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Creates the natural effect. But you are right very destructive. I am battling Magnolia Trees myself. Pretty tree and great flowers but they drop leaves 12 months a year. Tired of it. Haircut time.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) over 3 years ago

Those are big leaves too Bill!  Lots of work!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

As Lenn says Wisteria is Evil!  I have not seen this before... Thank goodness.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 3 years ago

Joan - I see it now and then.  And evil is the word.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

But, but it is sooooo beautiful when flowering.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 3 years ago

It truly is.  But away from the house!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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