Two of the most popular varieties in Britain are Wisteria
floribunda (Japanese wisteria
) and Wisteria
sinensis (Chinese wisteria
I HAVE heard it said that if you have an enemy give them a wisteria
as a present.
Many people don't cut wisterias
but it is best to, in order to achieve beautiful blooms next spring.
There are about six species of wisterias
, the most popular being wisteria
floribunda, the Japanese wisteria
, and wisteria
sinensis, the Chinese wisteria
can clothe an eyesore, transform a pergola or scramble up a tree ( though all of those achievements take a few years and significant flowering may take four years or more.
Places like Little Court at Malvern have even used wisterias
to line the footbridge over the pond.
W sinensis, which can reach 15 metres in height
You can train these twining woody vines as climbers, ground covers, or trees (tree wisterias
are often sold already trained).
It's a good idea to prune wisterias
twice a year because they grow so rapidly.
Sally Smith, head of information at Garden Organic, says: "Thankfully, the bugs don't fly so can't spread too quickly on their own, but birds can act as carriers - a worrying thought for many English Heritage and National Trust properties famed for their beautiful mature wisterias
are vigorous because in the wild they need to scramble up and over other plants to compete for air and sunshine, so all their energies are concentrated on producing long, fast-growing shoots rather than robust, self-supporting stems.
A There are two stages to successful pruning of wisterias
which have been planted for three years or more.
Over the years you have probably seen some outstanding specimen wisterias
throughout the Mercury area.
Expert tip: Wisterias
need regular pruning, both to encourage flowering and to keep their prolific growth in check.
have the edge when it comes to elegance and stature on a wall.