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A picture of a American Wisteria

American Wisteria

Wisteria frutescens

Also known as

American Kidney Bean Tree, Shrubby Wisteria

Wisteria frutescens flower cluster by Dcrjsr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

4m

4m

Min

2.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of American Wisteria

A close up of some purple Wisteria frutescens flowers
A photo of American Wisteria

American Wisteria Overview

Wisteria frutescens is a deciduous climbing shrub species from the Fabaceae family. It requires sturdy support and regular pruning to thrive. The fragrant purple-blue and white flowers make it a favourite for pergolas, it can cover a frame and provide dappled shade. A perfect companion to many outdoor areas.

Common problems with American Wisteria

How to propagate American Wisteria

Cuttings

Grafting

Seed

Layering

Layering in late summer.

Special features of American Wisteria

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of American Wisteria

Grown for their spectacular flowers and suitable for walls, pergolas and for growing against buildings and through trees. Attracts butterflies.