This week, on my visit to the garden center I was surprised to see several, large size trees and bushes, planted in huge containers.
One of them is this white tree wisteria, wisteria sinensis alba or Chinese Wisteria.
Now, in mid-May these trees are in full bloom here, putting on quite a show with their spectacular cascade of white flower clusters gracefully floating on the breeze.
That was more than a breeze but I just had to take these pictures. As you see in the background, black clouds were gathering rapidly on the evening sky.
Most Wisterias I saw are vines, though some are shaped to grow upright, resembling a tree. This variety apparently grows as a tree without much training or shaping. Its pea-like flowers and seedpods are similar to those of the Laburnum tree which has yellow flowers. Both species are poisonous, especially the seeds, when ingested.
Wisterias are quite rapidly growing, long lived vines blooming for generations. This here is a young tree, about 4 m tall and already has a substantial trunk that will increase in size each year. Like all wisterias, these tree varieties will also climb on anything within reach, growing 20-30 m long, if permitted.
As lovely and fragrant the blossoms are, think twice before you buy one. Wisterias can become rather invasive, strangling trees they climb on and producing substantial damages on building walls, roofs and fences.
You have to choose very carefully where do you plant it as it is difficult to get rid of it, if you change your mind.
Still, wisteria trees can be very showy accent trees, adding much beauty to a yard, garden or any landscape, placed wisely, in the right spot.
Another attraction was this, about 6 m tall Oleander tree (Nerium oleander). My grandmother used to grow an oleander indoors, but it never reaches more than 2 m. I didn't know back than that Oleanders are poisonous as well.
This one looks like a lovely, small, pink flowering shrub at the end of a long stick.
As it was for the first time I saw such large specimens to be sold, the same question popped up in my mind, over and over again: how do you take them home, a crane is needed to move them?
I'm quite sure shipping is included in their also "impressive" price.
I was wondering if I should stay any longer and try to capture one of these fascinating, bright lightnings crossing the sky. I'm not fast enough for that anyway and it seamed a big storm was coming so I headed home, on the double. Too late though, I had to look for a shelter on my way home, until the storm lost some of its intensity.
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