How to Kill a Wisteria Vine


Wisteria vines bear fragrant purple or white blooms in the spring. As lovely as these vines might seem, they grow invasively, taking over fences and throttling trees and nearby plants. Wisteria vines actively climb nearby trees and kill them to open the tree canopy to increase the sunlight reaching the wisteria plant below, according to the University of Florida IFAS Extension. To rid your property of wisteria vines, you need to take action to kill the vines, and keep them from returning.

Step 1

Cut back the wisteria growth to the stump by removing the limbs and branches of the vine with pruning shears or a saw.

Step 2

Combine 1 cup glyphosate or triclopyr herbicide with 3 cups water in a bucket to produce a 25 percent solution of herbicide.

Step 3

Dip a sponge into the herbicide solution and rub it directly on the cut surface of the wisteria stump to kill the root system of the plant.

Step 4

Dig the root system of the wisteria out of the ground using a shovel after the stump begins to die from the application of herbicide.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears or saw
  • 1 cup glyphosate or triclopyr herbicide
  • 3 cups water
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Shovel


  • Ohio State University: Controlling Weeds
  • University of Florida: Chinese Wisteria
Keywords: kill wisteria, kill vine weed, invasive plant

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Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor's in Arts in history from the University of Houston and is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists.