W. frutescens

American wisteria (W. frutescens) is a native deciduous vine. It's much less aggressive than the two Asian species. The leaves are glossy, dark green, and made up of five to 19 leaflets that are smaller and more rounded than those on Chinese or Japanese wisteria.
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To get ample flowering, fertilize and keep even moisture during the hot summer months. Pruning should be done in the fall.


Two types of Wisteria:
Japanese wisteria (W. floribunda) and Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinenis)has also become an invasive nuisance throughout the state.
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When choosing the plants for ones garden always check to see what plants are considered invasive to our state. Just because a plant can be purchansed at a Nursery or garden center does not mean it is a good choice for the Carolinas.

Season of Bloom
can grow as much as 10 feet per year, tends to take over any structure.
Hardiness USDA
Hardiness Zone 5-9
Flower Color
blue, lavender, purple, white.
Full sun to part shade
well-drained, deep, moist soil.
Cuttings, layers, grafts, seed. Easy to root by pulling the vine to the ground and placing soil over the runner. As with roses, peg the runner to the soil and it will develope a new plant.

note that it can take a good six years for a newly established wisteria to start flowering—sometimes longer.