Great selection of enchanting climbing Wisteria trees. The scented flowers create long racemes of flowing colour that moves beautifully in the breeze. Some racemes have been known to grow to 1 metre in length! Plant these wonderful climbers along sunny walls or over garden pergolas for the best effect.
All our Wisteria are grafted, so will flower earlier and more reliably than others. It is this abundance of fragrant summer flowers hanging down in pendants, known as racemes, that make Wisteria so popular. The colourful racemes can range in colour from soft whites and pinks to vibrant cerise and deep purple.
Wisteria are woody climbing trees that can be trained along walls or arches to create wonderful twisted architectural forms. They require strong support and as long as they’re positioned in full sun they will thrive. A sunny wall or draped over a garden pergola where the flowers can hang down is ideal. Wisteria are easy to grow and tolerant of poor soils although they do prefer a moist, well-drained site.
Wisteria has nitrogen fixing properties and should not be treated with nitrogen based fertilisers. Instead, use a phosphate or potassium based fertiliser.
Wisteria is native to eastern U.S, China, Korea and Japan. Wisteria has been bred in Japan and China for over 2000 years and was first introduced to the U.S in the 1830s. An easy way to distinguish between Chinese and Japanese Wisteria is by the direction of their twining vines. Chinese Wisteria, Wisteria sinsensis, twines clockwise whereas Japanese Wisteria, Wisteria floribunda, twines counter clockwise.
There is some controversy surrounding the origin of the name Wisteria (also spelt wistaria or wysteria). Botanist Thomas Nuttall states he named it after Dr C Wistar and that the difference in spelling is due to euphony (sound pleasantness). However, other sources state it is named after Nuttall’s friend C.J Wister.
In the UK during Victorian times, wisteria was thought to represent a warning not to become obsessed, in reference to the way wisteria can choke other trees. In Buddhism, Wisteria symbolises humility and reflection. In the Japanese tale ‘The Wisteria Maiden’ a young woman waits for her lover underneath a wisteria tree. The long living plant symbolises the girl’s endurance during heartbreak. The Kawachia Fuji Gardens, just outside of Tokyo in Japan, boasts over 150 wisteria plants with a wisteria tunnel showcasing a variety of these flowering climbers trained over a long, snaking archway. The Fuji Matsuri Wisteria festival is held here every April.
Some Wisteria plants can grow as tall as 20m, with some particularly fine examples achieving worldwide fame. The largest wisteria vine today is in California and measures 1 acre in size and weighs 250 tonnes! The largest Wisteria in the UK can be found in Wickham Place Farm in Essex. Trained along a wall it stretches for over 75 metres! One of the oldest wisterias in the UK is situated in Wrest Park, Bedfordshire and is thought to be approximately 150 years old.