previous
  • Homegrown / Homemade
    Homegrown / Homemade
  • 10 Combinations for Shade
    10 Combinations for Shade
  • Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
    Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
  • Using Containers as Elements of a Design
    Using Containers as Elements of a Design
  • Building Better Borders
    Building Better Borders
  • Go Green on the Patio
    Go Green on the Patio
  • DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
    DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
  • Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
    Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
  • 10 Seed-Starting Tips
    10 Seed-Starting Tips
  • Plant Finder: Spring Plants
    Plant Finder: Spring Plants
  • Rex Begonias
    Rex Begonias
  • How to Grow Mustard
    How to Grow Mustard
  • Planting the Right Way
    Planting the Right Way
  • Pick Plants for Fragrance
    Pick Plants for Fragrance
  • NEW Video Series: There's a Better Way
    NEW Video Series: There's a Better Way
  • Indoor Seed Starting Materials List
    Indoor Seed Starting Materials List
  • 20 Gardenworthy Self-Sowers
    20 Gardenworthy Self-Sowers
  • Black Plants Done Right
    Black Plants Done Right
  • Get your FREE Everyday Roses download now!
    Get your FREE Everyday Roses download now!
  • Garden Design Basics
    Garden Design Basics
  • 3 Ways to Design with Containers
    3 Ways to Design with Containers
  • Bold and Beautiful Zinnias
    Bold and Beautiful Zinnias
next

Wisteria floribunda (Japanese wisteria)

Wisteria floribunda Wisteria floribunda Photo/Illustration: Peter Lindtner

(Based on 1 user review)

Rate this plant

Plant Showcase - from our advertisers


Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Wisteria floribunda wis-TEER-ee-ah floor-ih-BUN-dah Common Name: Japanese wisteria Genus: Wisteria
Dramatic clusters of blue-violet to red-violet flowers with an intoxicating fragrance grace this vigorous twining climber. Its springtime cascading flower clusters can grow to 3 feet long or more in some cultivars. Blooms typically open first at the base and last at the tip of each cluster. Trunk diameter can reach 7 to 8 inches after 20 years, and the plant can climb to 35 or more feet in height, though its size is easily contolled by pruning.
Care: Provide rich, well-drained soil with plenty of space. Wisteria needs strong support and can be trained as a tree, vertically on a wall or arbor, or horizontally on the ground. Growth can be restricted to a few limbs or allowed to spread vigorously to completely cover a wall. Early blooms can be damaged by freezing temperatures. Prune as needed when growth is active, but ideally in early, mid- and late summer. Can be difficult to get to bloom.
Propagation: Not practical for most home gardeners.
Problems: Dieback, crown gall, leaf spots, viral diseases, Japanese beetles, aphids, leaf miners, scale insects, and mealybugs.
Height 15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Fast Grower;Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Attracts Hummingbirds; Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Spring
Flower Color Blue Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Trellis
Style Cottage Garden, Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Vines

Plants you might also like

Clematis macropetala Clematis macropetala
(Downy clematis)
(1 user review)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Downy clematis is a hardy, deciduous early bloomer that can flourish in Zone 4. The species will climb to 10 feet with a little support, and it has bell-shaped, purple-blue, almost columbine-like flowers about 1 to 2 inches, sometimes up to 4 inches in diameter, that mature to fluffy, pinkish seed heads. Blooms appear in spring and early summer, sometimes followed by a second flush in late summer to early autumn

Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’ Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’
(2 user reviews)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

'Nellie Moser' is easy to grow, producing large, flat flowers 6 to 8 inches in diameter with distinctive, gleaming lilac bars on each petal. This clematis blooms from May to late June, with a second, less profuse bloom in mid-August. Planted in a shady spot, the cheery pink-and-mauve-striped blossoms last for weeks instead of days.

Clematis alpina Clematis alpina
(Alpine clematis)
(1 user review)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Alpine clematis is one of the earliest clematises to bloom, in early May. It bears relatively small but delightful nodding, bell-shaped flowers, 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter, in a great variety of colors.

Lonicera japonica Lonicera japonica
(Japanese honeysuckle)
(1 user review)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

This vigorous, woody evergreen or semi-evergreen trailing vine has dark green leaves to 3 inches long. Tubular, two-lipped, fragrant white flowers are sometimes flushed with purple, aging to yellow. Blooms appear from spring to late summer. Flowers mature to blue-black fruit.

Lonicera sempervirens Lonicera sempervirens
(Coral honeysuckle, Trumpet honeysuckle)
Be the first to rate this plant
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

This woody, twining climber has two-lipped, tubular scarlet-orange flowers, yellow inside, in terminal whorls in summer and autumn. Bright red fruit appears in autumn.