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Wisterias have long enchanted the romantic gardener, and few vines can compare with their lovely, sweeping appearance.

Wisteria To begin with, let us say that there are two main types of Wisteria - Wisteria Floribunda and Wisteria Sinensis. Wisteria Floribunda, or Japanese Wisteria, features the long, trailing panicles of violet-blue flowers with a delightful scent. Flowers open in clusters from top to bottom, prolonging the blooming season.

Foliage ovoid and spring green. All Wisterias are incredibly vigorous vines and must be pruned to be controlled and shaped. Very strong support is required and we advise against growing Wisterias on important structures, such as your house. A trip to farmlands will surely show you old barns that have literally been turned upside down by Wisteria vines. We suggest training them over arbors, which can be strengthened or choosing to train them into free-standing trees, which are extremely beautiful.

Wisteria Wisteria Sinensis, or Chinese Wisteria, has somewhat shorter flower clusters but they have the advantage of opening all at once, thus providing an unforgettable spectacle in spring. Both Chinese and Japanese Wisterias come in violet, but recent years have brought us white and pink ones, too. All are drought-tolerant and should not be fertilized. Prune after flowering. Many Wisterias feature a lesser second bloom in the summer. Handled with care, a Wisteria is a thing of splendour in the garden.

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