Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) is one beautiful fragrant vine that loves our climate. Controlled and properly cared for, it is a great vine. Left alone, it can eat trees and even whole areas of a forest. From the photos, you can see two examples– one good, the other bad. I have grown this plant for years and was able to contain the top growth, and its runners, with severe pruning after it flowers. But the roots are just as vigorous as the top growth, and I did not succeed in keeping them out of my garden. Several years ago, I removed it from the garden, poisoned the base of the plant I cut down, and I am still getting root sprouts every spring. That is the bad side of wisteria. The good side is the lovely panicles of flowers and their sweet fragrance. There is also a white selection that is not as vigorous. While I have not grown the native American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens), friends that have, rave about it because it is not as vigorous as the Chinese type. But the drawback is the flowers; the panicles of flowers are not as long, and it does not produce as many flower clusters as the common one you see.