American kidney bean 'Amethyst Falls'

Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls' | Also known as: American wisteria 'Amethyst Falls' | Rating: 4 votes | Print / Pdf

The lesser known of the Wisteria climbing shrubs, Wisteria frutescens is nonetheless one of the most impressive. Its bright green foliage marks it out as a very attractive option, with glossy, pinnate leaves ensuring a light freshness prevails at least until autumn. Commonly called the American Wisteria, it flowers quite late in the season, with its highly fragrant lilac or purple blossoms emerging in summer. It is also more discreet, with its pendulous floral panicles hiding behind thick foliage. But it can bloom in its first year, thus negating the patience usually needed for Wisteria. It thrives in moist but well-drained, and humus-rich soil. Pruning in spring is recommended.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 5
Spread [m]
  • 5
Dominant flower colour
  • Violet
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • basal cuttings
  • layering
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-10
Heat zone
  • H10-4
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - 4
Heat days
  • 14 - 180
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Fragrant flowers
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • For birds & bees
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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Wisteria frutescens Amethyst Falls

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PLANTS Wisteria frutescens

The lesser known of the Wisteria climbing shrubs, Wisteria frutescens is nonetheless one of the most impressive. Its bright green foliage marks it out as a very attractive option, with glossy, pinnate leaves ensuring a light freshness prevails at least until autumn. Commonly called the American Wisteria, it flowers quite late in the season, with its highly fragrant lilac or purple blossoms emerging in summer. It is also more discreet, with its pendulous floral panicles hiding behind thick foliage. But it can bloom in its first year, thus negating the patience usually needed for Wisteria. It thrives in moist but well-drained, and humus-rich soil. Pruning in spring is recommended.