Popular with butterflies, Wisteria has large compound leaves and pea-like flowers in handsome pendent clusters. Wisteria, a hearty and long-lived deciduous line, can grow to 100 feet and has fragrant flower clusters in late spring, early summer. Long velvety seed pods develop in autumn.
There are two groups: one, the Chinese, twines from left to right; the other, Japanese, from right to left.
- Zones 5 to 9
- Late spring
- Can reach 30 feet tall or more, and 10 to 30 feet wide or more.
- Dangling clusters of lavender, white or pink pea-like blooms.
- Full sun to partial shade.
Wisteria Growing Tips
- Wisterias are climbers with twining stems that have been known to break flimsy structures; requiring sturdy permanent support.
- Be patient with young plants; it can be many years (up to 10) before they bloom
- To promote good flower clusters on the spine, cut back the fast-growing shoots in summer
- Wisteria are rapidly growing vines and have been known to kill trees, therefore, they should be planted well away from any trees you value.
- Wisteria should be pruned back to two or three principle vines to provide optimal bloom production.
- If planted and permitted to grow on your home, do not let wisterias scramble at will over your house – it will not be good for your gutters or shingles
When Should Wisteria Be Pruned
- Wisteria vines must be be pruned annually, often two or three times a year if growth is especially rampant.
Wisteria Are Poisonous
- All parts of the Wisteria plant are poisonous , if ingested