Wisteria Plants for Sale

The Best Wisteria Varieties

Everybody will be familiar with the glorious abundant flowering of Wisteria - its heady scent is enjoyed and its magnificent late spring blooms are seen scrambling up walls of many a National Trust property - a wonderful sight at Nymans and Sissinghurst to name but two. It is a quintessential part of British gardening, first introduced to the UK the year after the battle of Waterloo, in 1816.

Wisteria is easy to grow and keep in check with simple (and brutal) pruning procedures. There are many hybrid varieties to choose from with purple, blue or white flowers of differing lengths. Grow it on any wall or pergola that can provide enough support for the strong growth - preferably where the scent can be best appreciated on a warm spring day. Whatever support you select will need to be strong and durable: never ever, ever choose a drainpipe, unless you want to teach it a lesson it won't recover from...

In Japan, they are called Fuji (no relation to the mountain) a name that conjures the image of the petals being 'blown off' in a breeze. Wisteria are feminine: kimono sleeves emulate the shape of her flowers. In Japanese art, the graceful lady Wisteria is paired with the noble pine tree. Wisteria is a traditional cordage and basket weaving plant in Japan that was clearly in cultivation in 711 AD, when it is first mentioned in writing in the Kojiki, Records of Ancient Matters. The mature stems made heavy-duty ropes, the flexible new stems have all manner of uses, and the flowers make dye. Because wisteria is valuable as well as beautiful and long-lived, it became a go-to feature of Japanese family crests. The oldest wisteria is 1200 years old if she's a day: “Ushizima Fuji”, at Tokaen temple gardens in Kasukabe, Saitama, which is known to have been planted by the Buddhist Reverend Kobo in the late 700's. Ushizima Fuji's venerable old base is 9 metres around, but her spread is modest at 700m2 compared to the biggest area-covered wisteria on record, the Hermosa Avenue Vine in Sierra Madre, California, which shades more like 4000m2. 

Wisteria floribunda varieties twine in a clockwise direction, and W. sinensis and W. brachybotrys wrap around their supports anti-clockwise.
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  1. Wisteria floribunda

    • Japanese Wisteria
    • Large, deciduous healthy climber
    • Superb mauve racemes of flowers
    • Delicate perfume
    • Fully hardy
    • Loves warm, sunny spots
    From £29.94  Inc VAT


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