Wisteria floribunda

Wisteria floribunda | Also known as: White japanese wisteria | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Takes a while to bloom, because it clearly has somewhere else to be.

A hardy and rather woody climber, Wisteria floribunda has grown to become one of the favourites of the Wisteria genus. Fragrant-smelling and fresh-looking, it is not hard to understand why. Known as the Japanese Wisteria, Wisteria floribunda has light green foliage of pinnate leaves with up to a dozen oval leaflets. In early summer the foliage is complimented with a multitude of sweet smelling, pea-like blossoms that can be violet, pink or white, depending on the cultivar. In autumn, velvety pea-pods emerge. A lover of well-drained soil and full sun exposure, Japanese Wisteria needs several years to start blooming, but its exotic display makes the wait well worth it.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 10 - 13
Spread [m]
  • 10 - 13
Dominant flower colour
  • Violet
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • basal cuttings
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Twining
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 7 - 150
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Fragrant flowers
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • 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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