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Antique Wisteria      

This aging but vigorous wisteria is believed to have been planted in the 1920s; fortunately, homeowners over the years have trained and pruned it to support its own weight and not pull the porch off my house! Each April it produces a cascade of light-purple racemes that persist for nearly a month, scenting the whole yard with their grape Kool-Aid fragrance, and as the summer progresses the foliage keeps the front porch cool and shady. It does require frequent – as in twice-monthly – pruning in the summer to keep it from invading the entire porch (see last photo)

This planting is in the Front garden .

Planted.

Quantity: 1

Plant Chinese Wisteria Wisteria sinensis 47

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Comments

Wow!, love this! Iv always wanted a wisteria, im an old fashioned girl at heart.Forget roses round the door ill take wisteria any day…

Posted on 31 Oct 07 (almost 12 years ago)

Thanks, Dee. I admit that I bought this 100-year-old house largely on the strength of that wisteria, which was in full bloom when I first saw the place. I’ve probably shot more photos of it than any other plant in my garden, too.

If you’d like to try growing your own, I’ve got a bumper crop of seed pods this year; I’ve sent seeds all over the world and several people in widely diverse climates have had excellent success at germinating and growing them.

Posted on 31 Oct 07 (almost 12 years ago)

Ooohhh! I LOVE Wisteria! It smells wonderful, and the flowers just cover the vines so heavily. Do you still have seeds that you can send to me in Texas?

Posted on 22 Apr 08 (over 11 years ago)

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