Japanese Wisteria

Wisteria is native to the moist woodlands and streambanks of China, Korea, Japan, and the Central and Southern United States. All parts of Wisteria are toxic and can cause stomach discomfort upon consumption.

The Japanese Wisteria has a fabled past in American horticulture.  It was first introduced in 1860 by George Rogers Hall and quickly became a mainstay in U.S. gardens everywhere!  The flower racemes are amazing even in the wisteria world as they can reach nearly 18″ in length and have a pleasant fragrance, reminiscent of grapes, of which they resemble very closely.  The blooms may take a few years for them to start showing up, as a Wisteria must pass its juvenile stage for it to become the prodigious bloomer it is famous for being!  Grow this beauty up and over a patio cover (beware of the vines twining around the timbers- as after a year those tiny vines will become thick and can crush wood beams very easily).  As with the Chinese Wisteria, this can be trained into a gorgeous specimen tree as well.

Wisteria floribunda
Japanese name : Fuji ‘Yae-Koku-Ryu’
yae = double-petaled
koku = black
ryu = dragon

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