The world's largest wisteria is in Sierra Madre, California. It covers about one acre of land and is estimated to weigh 250 tons! It was purchases for 75 cents and was planted in 1894. That would be about $14.00 in 2013.
The largest wisteria in Japan is in Ashikaga Flower Park in the Tochigi Prefecture.
There is a tragic legend in Japan concerning a young girl who was searching for the love of her life to no avail. She prayed to her god who told her to go to a particular mountain and wait in the jungle there. There she would find a man dressed in white. He would be the love of her life.
Upon hearing this she went to the mountain and waited until sunset but no man in white came. Suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her ankle; a snake had bitten her. She could not walk for the pain. Suddenly a man came by and she called out for help. The man was able to cleanse the wound of the poison and her ankle suddenly felt better and she could walk.
He was a true gentleman and she fell in love with her assuming that he was the one she was to meet on the mountain.
However the man was poor and her family objected to a marriage between the two. In deep despair the two walked to a cliff, held hands, and jumped to their death. As they fell their arms were entwined together.
Before long a lovely twining plant grew at the edge of the cliff. the strong vine holds the spirit of the man and the beautiful purple, pendulous flowers hold the spirit of the young girl.
The writer never saw it but he father told him that the old family home (built in 1770) In eastern Fairfax County, VA, had outdoor facilities, of course it was outdoors back then. His great great great grandfather hid the facility with a lattice. This lattice was covered with the most beautiful purple wisteria.
The world's largest known wistera is found in Sierra Madre, CA. It weighs an estimated 250 tons! It covers about 1 acre of land.
You will never find wisteria growing on Wisteria Island west of Key West, FLorida. This dredged up and man-made island was named for the wrecked United States Lighthouse Service Tender (lighthouse ship) that wrecked off the shore of the island. The ship was named WISTERIA. Using Google Earth one can see, in shallow water, the outline of the sunken ship to the west of the island. The writer and his wife have been to Key West but were not interested in going to that barren island. Several ships carry, or have carried, the name WISTERIA.