Wisteria

2 Mar
Wisteria, woody vine that climbs by twining stems, blue, lavender or white fragrant flowers in spring, sun or part shade, ample water during growing season, may be slow to establish.

Wisteria are twining, woody vines of great size, long life, and exceptional beauty in flower. Very adaptable; can be grown as trees, shrubs, or vines. All have large, fresh green leaves divided into many leaflets, spectacular clusters of blue, white, or pinkish springtime blossoms, and velvety, pealike pods to about 6 in. long. Subdued fall color in shades of yellow. To get off to a good start, buy a cutting-grown or grafted wisteria; seedlings may not bloom for many years. If you start with grafted plants, keep suckers removed or they may take over. Wisteria is not fussy about soil, but it does need good drainage. In alkaline soil, watch for chlorosis.

Wisteria floribunda
Leaves are 12–16 in. long, divided into 15–19 leaflets. Fragrant, 1/2 -ft. clusters of violet or violet-blue flowers during leafout. Clusters open gradually, starting from the base; this prolongs bloom season but makes for a less spectacular display of color than that provided by W. sinensis. Many varieties in white, pink, and shades of blue, purple, and lavender, usually marked with yellow and white.

Wisteria sinensis
The most common wisteria in the West. Leaves are 10–12 in. long, divided into 7–13 leaflets. Blooms before leafout. Clusters of violet-blue, slightly fragrant flowers are shorter (to 1 ft.) than those of W. floribunda but they make quite a show, since flowers open all at once nearly all along the cluster. Plants will bloom in sun or considerable shade.

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6 Responses to “Wisteria”

  1. Debra Small September 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    this wisteria is magnificent

  2. Debra Small September 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    wish I could grow wisteria like lthat

  3. Debi January 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    I have had a wisteria for 10 years and not single bloom yet even though it is 10 feet tall…I must not be doing something right

    • heiditarver January 6, 2013 at 1:27 am #

      Hi Debi. Wisteria are notoriously difficult to establish, but 10 years is a long time! Perhaps the conditions are not right – Wisteria like quite a bit of sun and rich soil. As long as it is has these conditions and is getting regular water during the blooming season, you don’t need to do much else.
      Good luck!
      Heidi

    • Stuart April 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      You need to prune your wisteria twice a year to make it bloom, if you don’t, the plant will just grow & grow with only leaves.

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