Wisteria - Purple

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Wisteria is considered a cross between a shrub and a vine, blooming vigorously in spring with showy, cascading flower clusters that produces beautiful color. Wisteria provides the drapery, vining slipcover look to camouflage a view or provide shade over a porch or pergola. It can live a long, healthy life with no pruning at all depending on the look you seek. It happily twines, climbs, and sprawls over everything and anything in its path. A sturdy support is recommended. It is drought tolerant, and easy to grow by anyone, green thumb or not!

About this Variety

Wisteria gives the artful gardener a paintbrush for which to cover the landscape canvas. It is vigorous and rewarding, growing up to 10' or more annually. Low maintenance vine with dark-green leaves and long, fragrant, pea-like blue flowers. Beautiful flowers bloom simultaneously creating a dramatic floral display.

Highlights

  • Returns and blooms year after year in most hardy zones
  • Train to grow on trellis, arbors and fences
  • Showy blooms
  • Beneficial to pollinators; attracts bees, butterflies & hummingbirds
  • Easy to grow

Exposure:

Full Sun

Blooms:

Early Spring to Summer

Height:

Grows 10-25' tall

Spacing/Depth:

Plant 4-8' apart, 6-12" with crown at soil level

USDA Zones:

Grow as Perennial in zones 3-9. Grow as Annual elsewhere.

Growing Instructions

Soil preparation: The ideal soil is slightly acidic, moderately fertile and well-drained. Planting: Dig a hole. Prepare soil in an area two to three feet in diameter and 18-24" deep. Mix into the native soil either peat moss or compost, one-third by volume, to help improve drainage. Plant 6' apart. Watering: Water at planting, but do not overwater. Keep soil moist and water frequently. Mulching: Mulch to keep the soil cool and prevent the soil from drying out. Fertilizing: Apply fertilizer before and after flowering. Do not over fertilize.

Care Tip

Regular pruning helps promote optimal flowering. Prune in late winter. Remove at least half the prior year's growth, leaving just a few buds per stem.