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Wisteria sinensis (Wisteria)

Wisteria sinensis (Wisteria)
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Type Climber, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant, Architectural Form
Size Climbing or Spreading Plant
Colours Dark blue Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Regular Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Wisteria sinensis - Cultivation Notes

This much loved climber is great if you have the right conditions and also plenty of space as Wisteria really need to be allowed to spread out, ideally along the side of a sunny wall, fence or house. Wisteria is something of a go too climber if you are looking for that traditional cottage garden look, but beware, once it gets away Wisteria needs twice yearly pruning (mid summer and winter) and can become something of a bully as it grows up into roof tiles and obscures windows!. Wisteria ideally needs a sunny sheltered location with reasonable soil, it certainly does not like shade or wet claggy clay soils, likewise it does not like overly dry nutrient poor soils, so it often comes unstruck hwen planted up against new peoperties, where it struggles to put down roots into poor soils packed up against deep foundations, so if you are planting against a new build dig a good sized planting pit and infill with decent soil and ensure plentiful drainage at the base of the pit.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Wisteria sinensis:

  • Scented blossom
  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Wisteria sinensis

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Wisteria sinensis:

  • Provides extended interest with blossom, berries and autumn colour
  • Flowering climbing plant for added interest on walls and structures
  • Flowering climbing plant for added interest on walls and structures

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Common Missspellings: Wistieria, Wistearea, Wistearia, Wistirea, Wistyrea

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