Wisteria requires little maintenance, from planting to growth and beyond. It’s crucial to first understand your growing zone and choose the appropriate plants for it.
How to Plant Wisteria Vines
Wisteria vines need to be planted in the right growing zones, though particular planting instructions will vary depending on the variety you choose. The majority of wisteria flourishes in zones 4-9.
Sunlight and water requirements are crucial for the development of Wisteria vines. Wisteria generally favors well-drained soil, full sun as opposed to partial sun, or 4 to 8 hours of sunlight every day. Depending on the kind you select, there may be particular needs.
It’s easy to plant your wisteria after that. Locate a spot with well-drained soil or choose a container big enough to hold the plant’s root ball, then put it there and fill the area with soil. Water your tree’s roots to settle them, and then mulch it to keep moisture in.
Consider using trellises, fences, walls, or any other surface you’d like to cover as support for your wisteria vines.
When to Prune Wisteria Vines
Generally, you should wait to prune your wisteria vines until the fall and winter dormant seasons (and also after blooming). At this stage, you can remove any infected, dead, or damaged areas. It’s crucial that you make your cuts at a 45-degree angle and using a clean, disinfected set of shears.
Find out more about planting and caring for wisteria, including the finest types to use, how to trim and train it around an arbor or pergola, and other topics.
Where can you find wisteria?
In the Fabaceae (Leguminosae) family of flowering plants, the genus Wisteria contains eleven species of woody twining vines that are native to China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Southern Canada, the Eastern United States, and northern Iran. Later, they were imported to France, Germany, and a number of other European nations. Some species are common houseplants.
The aqueous flowering plant, Hygrophila difformis, belongs to the Acanthaceae family and is more often known as wisteria or “water wisteria.”
Where in the US can I locate wisteria?
- Wisteria has a delicate aroma and is well known for its purple, lavender, and white hues.
- The Huntington, LA Arboretum, and Descanso Gardens all have a number of lovely wisteria vines.
Most often, we are staring down at the ground, at various plots, parkways, beds, plains, and hillslopes—the kinds of locations where petals tend to bloom as March and April merge.
On the local flower scene, though, there is a look-up luminary, a fragrant celebrity with ties to both the sky and the ground below.
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It’s wisteria, the vine with purple blossoms that adds oomph to trellises, gates, fences, and pretty much everywhere else it may opulently drape over or close to our heads.
It’s a magnificent species that does pretty well in our area, with Exhibit A flourishing in the Sierra Madre foothills: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the largest blooming plant in the world and has been expanding continuously in a backyard since the 1890s.
The world-famous wisteria wasn’t celebrated with a floral festival in 2021, but admirers can still find the vibrant vine in parks, on city streets, and at places like Descanso Gardens, which notes that the vine gracing its visitor center is in peak and petal-strong form as April begins.
The ideal places for wisteria to grow.
According to Kirsten Coffen, a landscape architect and designer based in Maryland, “its gorgeous spring-blooming cascade of purple (or white) scented flowers is best observed when trained on a structure, such as a robust pergola.”
Such a lush, floral canopy offers delightful shade throughout the sweltering summer months. According to Irene Kalina-Jones, a landscape designer at Outside Space NYC (opens in new tab), “We plant it on rooftops in the city, training it to cover pergolas to create shade.” “But I enjoy it grown against buildings, too,” you say.
Wisteria grows best in full sun in a protected location, such as a south or west-facing facade. When planting, work in a lot of organic matter (such as compost) to ensure that the soil is rich and well-drained.
If you want to grow wisteria up a wall or the front of a house, put some effort into building a strong structure that it can climb over many years. A tensioning system of wires is possibly preferable to a wooden trellis because wood can rot. The wires must either automatically tighten as the plant gains weight or be simple for you to tighten (via turnbuckles, for instance).
Is wisteria poisonous to people?
Eastern and central North America is the home to the ornamental ivy known as Virginia creeper. It features five-leaf groupings of tiny leaves, or leaflets. It is occasionally mistaken for poison ivy, which has leaflets that form clusters of three. Fortunately, unlike poison ivy, Virginia creeper doesn’t contain an oil that can cause rashes. Just repeat yourself, “Leaves of three, let it be; leaves of five, let it thrive,” if you have difficulties remembering which plant is which.
Virginia creeper’s berries and leaves can be poisonous, therefore it’s not entirely non-poisonous. Virginia creeper berries have small crystals called oxalate crystals and resemble purple grapes. Additionally, Virginia creeper leaves contain these crystals. Chewing on the berries or leaves can irritate the throat, lips, tongue, and mouth. Although extremely rare, oxalate crystal-containing plant consumption has been linked to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and trouble swallowing. Typically, the symptoms appear fast and might linger for up to half a day.
A climbing vine called wisteria produces clusters of blue or purple blossoms that dangle and are fragrant. Wisteria seeds are housed in velvety, dangling seed pods. All plant parts include the dangerous compounds lectin and wisterin, which, if ingested, can result in a burning feeling in the mouth, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The seed pods and seeds are thought to be the sections of the plant that are the most deadly. Once they start, these symptoms might linger for up to two days.
You can assist someone who mistakenly comes into contact with Virginia creeper or wisteria by doing the following:
- Wipe their mouth with gentleness.
- To get the plant matter out of their mouth, have them spit while you have them rinse with water.
- To help rinse the residual substance into their stomachs, they can take a few little sips of water.
- Sucking on ice chips or other icy foods may provide pain relief for people whose mouths are inflamed.
- Keep them hydrated by giving them regular, short sips of clear liquids if they are feeling nausea or vomiting.
Check the webPOISONCONTROL online tool for advice or dial Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 if you believe someone has been exposed to Virginia creeper or wisteria and is experiencing problems.
Is it dangerous to touch wisteria?
Wisteria Wisteria has a seductive charm, but did you know that it is only mildly harmful to cats and dogs? Its seeds, in particular, are harmful in every way.
Does Florida have wisteria?
In the lush gardens of the Southeast of the United States, wisteria has grown to be rather iconic. Since the flowers bloom in fragrant clusters of light purple to white along roadside and up the sides of houses in the spring, it is simple to find. However, wisteria doesn’t always look as it does.
: Wisteria is in the pea/bean family.
About five to seven species of woody, deciduous vines belonging to the Fabaceae (pea/bean) family make up the genus Wisteria. The third-largest family of flowering plants, Fabaceae contains over 19,500 species.
: Many wisteria plants you see are invasive in Florida.
Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) and Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda), two Asian species that were brought to American horticulture in the early 19th century and are now considered invasive, have escaped into natural areas. The most popular variety of wisteria grown in Florida and other Southeastern states is Chinese wisteria, while Japanese wisteria is also present.
Many of the invasive plants resemble Wisteriaformosa, a hybrid of Chinese and Japanese wisteria.
Chinese and Japanese wisteria are both invasive and not advised in any part of Florida, according to the UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas.
: There is a native species of wisteria.
A Florida-friendly substitute is American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens). Individual blooms on stalks less than 1 cm tall, shorter (5–10 cm long), denser flower clusters, and hairless pods are characteristics of American wisteria.
In contrast, Chinese and Japanese wisteria often have pods that are densely hairy, individual blooms that are carried on stalks 1.5 to 2 cm tall, and longer flower clusters (up to 50 cm long). While Japanese and American wisteria bloom from April to June in northern Florida, Chinese wisteria often blooms in late March to early April (before the leaves have fully opened).
: American wisteria is a host plant to native butterflies and moths.
Native plants promote regional biodiversity, which is another justification for picking American wisteria. Wisteria frutescens serves as a host plant for several species of butterflies and moths, including:
- Skipper with a long tail (Urbanus proteus)
- Skipper with a silver spot (Epargyreus clarus)
- navy blue (Leptotes marina)
- Dusky zarucco wing (Erynnis zarucco)
- Moth Cuphodes wisteriae
- Moth Io (Automeris io)
- enduring bagworm (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis)
- Canine borer moth (Synanthedon scitula)
- Moth of Limacodid (Acharia stimulea)
- a licorice twig borer moth (Ecdytolopha insiticiana)
- The duskywing of Horace (Erynnis horatius)
- Monarch moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
- Sphinx moth with blinders (Paonias excaecatus)
- Black-and-white tussock moth (Orgya leucostigma)
- Autumn webworm (Hyphantria cunea)
: Wisteria is a toxic plant.
Although wisteria blooms can be eaten in moderation, the rest of the plant is thought to be poisonous to both people and animals and contains a number of chemicals that can seriously upset the stomach. The seeds and pods contain the highest concentration of poisons.
This serves as a reminder that you should *never* eat a plant unless you are confident of its identify and that it is safe to eat.
Large flower clusters are found on longer stems on Chinese wisteria, or Wisteria sinensis.
Florida is home to an invasive species called Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis), which blooms from April to June.
An acceptable substitute for the invasive species of wisteria in Florida is American wisteria.
Flowers on the Chinese and Japanese wisteria range in color from purple to white to pink.
Wisteria grows naturally in the USA.
Stunning hanging bunches of purple blooms are produced by the woody vine known as American wisteria. North America is the species’ natural habitat. It is a suitable replacement for the Chinese and Japanese wisterias, which have spread invasively in some regions.
Wisteria does it grow in California?
Our new home has a Wisteria bush that has taken over the patio cover since we moved in. It is so disorganized and unsightly while it is dormant, therefore I want to remove it. I’m trying to come up with a replacement that is a little greener all year round. One that draws butterflies and birds would be a plus. The sun will be shining directly on the dry ground. I appreciate any advice you may give me.
There is a gorgeous North American native wisteria called Wisteria frutescens that is not nearly as invasive as the Asian wisteria, or Wisteria sinense, which is likely what you have. Unfortunately, that natural wisteria does not flourish in California and only grows as far west as Texas. You will require semi-tropical flora in Riverside County’s westernmost region, close to the Mexican border. We will search for both in our Recommended Species for Southern California because you did not specify whether you wanted a shrub or a vine to cover your patio. Unfortunately, we were unable to locate any native Southern California evergreen vines; hopefully some of the flowering evergreen shrubs we did locate would serve your needs. To learn more about a plant’s behaviors, wildlife draws, and light needs, click the links for that plant.
When may wisteria be purchased?
Start by purchasing a Wisteria plant in the spring that is in bloom or has flower buds on it if you want your Wisteria to bloom. Thus, you are assured that it can bloom. A small, just planted wisteria with a few tiny flowers is depicted on the left. The wisteria depicted in the video above, “Wonderful Wisteria,” was first planted in 2007 and reached a height of 3.5 meters, or about 12 feet, within 7 years. By 2018, it had completely covered the wall space at the back of the house. This is evidence of the wisteria’s vitality and the requirement for longer (and longer) ladders to prune it. It’s difficult to believe that this small plant expanded to cover an entire house wall in just ten years.
The best way to buy wisteria is as a grafted plant. Any plant grown from seed is likely to cause issues for you; while it may be less expensive, it may take a very long time to flower, possibly longer than ten years. A protrusion in the stem just above soil level in the plant pot identifies a grafted plant. The base of the Wisteria and the graft bulge can be seen if you watch the video on summer pruning Wisteria at roughly 3 minutes and 40 seconds.
Make sure to thoroughly water a fresh Wisteria plant and watch out that it doesn’t dry out in the beginning. When it’s established, it will take care of itself. I neglected to water the wisteria even throughout the 2018 drought, and it survived. Wisteria is completely hardy, however a protected area is preferred because cold can harm the racemes, or emerging flowers, (see below). Wisteria requires a lot of area and time to flourish and is simple to establish. If space is at a premium, Wisteria can be planted as a standard, which will require careful pruning, or choose a smaller variety like Domino’s or Wisteria brachybotrys.
Wisteria can be grown in a container, although the results will vary. A friend recently asked me for guidance on how to nurture a wisteria in a container after the plant failed to blossom. It bloomed magnificently the next spring after I advised taking it out of the container and replanting it in a bright location. Given the challenges in getting Wisteria to bloom, growing it in a container increases the challenge.
What affects demons does wisteria have?
- The name “Fujikasane,” which means “wrapped in wisteria,” comes from the fact that wisteria is utilized to keep the demons imprisoned on Mount Fujikasane during the Final Selection.
- The ranks of the corps members are inscribed on the back of their hands using Wisteria after the Final Selection.
- Wisteria may be utilized to make poisons that can immobilize Lower Ranks of the Twelve Kizuki and paralyze common Demons. These poisons have been demonstrated to have the power to dissolve nearly any demon in sufficient concentrations, denying the ability of certain demons to regenerate, as demonstrated by Shinobu Kocho. 
- Shinobu was able to alter her own physique by using Wisteria Flower Poison with the aid of Tamayo and Yushiro. As part of her defense against Doma, Shinobu voluntarily changed her own physiology so that every cell of her flesh was covered in wisteria poison, transforming her body into a covert human poison capsule that, given enough time, would slowly eat away at the bodies of even the highest Upper Ranks of the Twelve Kizuki. She claimed that her whole size and weight made her equivalent to 37 kilograms of poison, or over 700 times more than what would be required to kill an average demon.
- Shinobu uses wisteria to make a drug that will transform a Demon back into a human.