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Tree Wisteria

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Description

A breathtaking sight in spring. This carefree tree-form wisteria offers cascades of purple flowers throughout the month of May. And its blooms get bigger and thicker each year! Use as a landscape focal point or plant in a row to create a flower-filled privacy fence. Grows most successfully in full sun. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Matures to be 20-30' tall and wide. (Wisteria sinensis)

Characteristics

Bloom Color Blue, Purple
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Have seen it in bloom and it is beautiful.
Wayne H on May 14, 2018
I have a wisteria covered pergola leading to the pool. This is going into a planting near the pool.
Gerard G on Apr 30, 2017
Have seen it in bloom and it is beautiful.
Wayne H on May 14, 2018
We had one at our other house and it was a fast growing tree, looked beautiful and smelled heavenly. It's a very hardy tree.
Penny F on May 10, 2017
I have a wisteria covered pergola leading to the pool. This is going into a planting near the pool.
Gerard G on Apr 30, 2017
Wanted a fragrant "yarden" tree.
BOBBY F on Mar 13, 2017
Stay'cation retreat
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
New house.....needed a little color out front.
Tom G on Feb 23, 2017
My sister's favorite color growing up was purple. Saw this and thought she would enjoy for her birthday.
Cynthia F on Apr 14, 2016
I just love Wisteria; and this one will work well for the area it is going to.
Barbara G on Mar 9, 2016
We had one at our other house and it was a fast growing tree, looked beautiful and smelled heavenly. It's a very hardy tree.
Penny F on May 10, 2017
Wanted a fragrant "yarden" tree.
BOBBY F on Mar 13, 2017
Can the wisteria tree be grown in a pot for a few years, then replanted in the ground?
Jennifer C on Mar 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sure! This is a good idea if you plan on moving and want to take your wisteria with you, or if you plan on preparing the ideal planting site for your wisteria before you put it in its permanent home in the ground.
I am looking for the good old fashioned Chinese wisteria. The one that is invasive. There was 20 year old vine growing at the last house we lived in and I absolutely adored it. I really really want one at the home we are in now. And I want it to be just as obnoxious and glorious as the one at the last house. It was a sight to behold from my kitchen window as changes would take place daily. So my question is is this the Chinese wisteria sinesis? Has it been bred with another plant to keep a tree form? I want the vine. Many thanks!
Bri H on Mar 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is Wisteria sinensis (the species of Chinese wisteria). It is the old-fashioned vine, but it has been trained to the start of a tree form. You will likely need to stake or support this to continue the tree-form habit after planting or give it a nice, sturdy place to vine like you did at your last house.
my wisteria tree has vines growing out of it,is it suppose to,are do i need to cut them off are let them grow?
RoxAnne K on May 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: To preserve the globe shape of the head, tree Wisterias require light but frequent pruning of the long twining branches produced in summer. They also need one hard pruning in late summer or early fall - a few weeks before your first frost date. Cut the current season's growth back to just 5 to 6 large buds (leaving stubs about 6 inches long) and remove poorly placed branches entirely. This severe haircut controls growth and encourages some of the leaf buds to change into flower buds. Don't lose sleep over pruning mistakes. Wisterias are very forgiving; vigorous growth the next season will give you a second chance.
I bought a bare root wisteria last year and it had 3 main branches, a deer bit off 2 of them so all I have not is the one main branch/trunk, will new branches still grow?
Amy H on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, i think your wisteria will get new branches. We bought a bare root wisteria a couple years ago and the wind snapped the top off of it. I thought for sure it would die however it is full of life and has new branches and foliage this year.
All of the leaves/branches growing on my wisteria tree are growing straight down at an angle and if I were to straighten them out they would break, is it normal for them to grow that way? Should I stake them? I bought it from you last year so it's still really small. Also what do I do with the long skinny "branch" that's growing straight up in the air. It's growing off the main trunk.
Amy H on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Amy - We also purchased a Wisteria tree last year or so. In order to help shape it, we planted some lattice behind it to help "train" the branches" in the initial year. In the year we have had it, it has exploded. What started out as 2 foot twig is now well over 5 feet tall with branches going everywhere. That said, we haven't had any blooms on it yet. We hope to see some this year, however. You may wish to consider putting a trellis or lattice next to yours to see if that helps. Hope this helps!
The vines take over here do the trees multiple also or controlled more?
Janice M on Feb 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The tree grew a lot of upward vine extensions, but it did not create a lot of wandering roots if this helps. If you keep them trimmed back it will contain itself into a nice tree/bush plant.
Does this tree really get to be 30'?
allen s on Mar 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: so far my tree grows at least 8- 10 feet height by planting least than 2 years-grow pretty fast!
My bare root wisteria tree has 2 main branches coming from the root. Should I trim one off before I plant it?
Mary P on May 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That depends upon whether you want it to grow as a tree or a vine. If you want it to grow as a tree, prune off the shoot furthest from the center.
What do wisteria trees look like in summer? When do they loose foliage?
Crystal K on May 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They are deciduous, turn brilliant yellow and lose their leaves in the fall along with other deciduous trees. The vines have pretty green foliage all summer; the leaves are shiny, green, pinnately compound, 10???30 cm in length, with 9-13 oblong leaflets that are each 2???6 cm long. They kind of resemble giant fern fronds without the laciness.
Does the plant have odor ?
Grace S on May 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The flowers have a spectacular scent.
How close to the driveway can I plant this tree? If the trunk is only three feet from the driveway, would it block the car - or cause driveway pavement to heave - and/or would it cause a problem for the tree?
Joy A on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This tree doesn't have a root system like an oak or maple, and will not heave the driveway at 3', however, the branches will overhang the driveway and be in the way. Unless you want to continuously be trimming the overhang, this tree should be no closer than 8' from the driveway.
Can I grow it as a vine over fence rather than a tree? How many years b4 you got blooms? What type is it? Japanese or Chinese?
Bmh4796 on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is a Chinese wisteria, and yes, you can train it over a fence. It can take 3-5 years before blooms start appearing.
Can I use these as a privacy hedge, and if so, what should the spacing be?
Susan B on Mar 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You certainly can. Tree Wisteria still need air circulation to help prevent fungal diseases, so they should be planted no closer than 20' apart. It will take a little while, but they will fill in beautifully.
If I use these as a privacy fence, what should the spacing be?
Susan B on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: These trees still need good air circulation, so they shouldn't be planted the way you would arborvitae or hybrid willows. We would recommend the minimum spacing of 20' apart. You will have a very beautiful "fence" in a few years.
I have read that you need a mature wisteria or you may not see blooms in your life time. Also only plant the Eastern American wisteria species because Japanese and Chinese varieties are invasive. So what species do you have and how old are the plants you sell ?
Nanette L on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This plant is a year old on average when you receive it and it can take a handful of years to mature/bloom. It needs some time to mature, but not a lifetime. The Tree Wisteria is a Chinese species (Wisteria sinensis). It can be invasive in some states, specifically warmer regions; however, it is not the only species of wisteria we carry. Find more here: http://www.starkbros.com/products/garden-plants/wisteria

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Great Plants
Bought 2 bare root plants that initially looked like dead twigs, but boy are they growing. Great buy!
May 8, 2016
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over 3 years ago
Tree Wisteria
This is a very pretty wisteria tree. It is small but healthy and was easy to transplant and grow.
May 23, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
My tree Wisteria
I LOVE MY TREE WISTERIA. It arrived healthy and well packaged. Now it's growing into the most beautiful tree. Thank you for providing such a gorgeous plant and arrived in a timely matter. I will not hesitate to order from Stark Bro's again.

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G.
May 24, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Wisteria tree
I was apprehensive last year when my tree arrived as it looked like a bare stick. But I planted it and this year it looks terrific.
Very happy with my tree
May 27, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Wisteria Tree
I received my wisteria trees last year got them planted kept them watered throughout the summer. They leafed out but never formed pods for blooms I figured they were just too small. They have grown three times their size when I planted them. No blooms yet but I'm looking for them to do so.
May 24, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Wisteria
I am somewhat disappointed in the Wisteria, only because I ordered a TREE Wisteria and this is a Wisteria VINE. It is currently growing up a pole I have it planted around and is growing well. It has not bloomed yet. I only wish I would have received the TREE and not a VINE.
May 24, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Wisteria tree
I absolutely love it. No flowers yet but it is growing beautifully and always lifts my spirits just to watch it. I planted it in front of my kitchen window so I can maximize my viewing pleasure and look forward to the day where I have the beautiful flowers embracing the front of the house.
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Wisteria tree
The tree was a good price...smaller than I expected. It has established well. I just can't wait for it to grow. I think it will be a couple of years. I just have to have patience .
May 30, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Vigorous grower
The vine is about a little over a year old and has grown a lot. When I first got it the main stem was maybe a 1/4th in diameter, now it is at least 2". It did not flower this spring, hopefully it will next spring. If you want something a little less vigorous, you might want to try the American or Amethyst falls variety of wisteria. I don't have experience with one of them but have heard they are slower growing.
August 6, 2016
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over 3 years ago
Great Plant
so far this wisteria tree has done very well. It has gown about 2 feet and gotten nice and thick and full. It hasn't bloomed yet, but it's early in the spring yet. Very satisfied.
May 13, 2016
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over 3 years ago