Wisteria floribunda 'Alba'

white Japanese wisteria

2 litre pot
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  • Position: full sun or light, dappled shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This elegant white Japanese wisteria produces extravagant clusters up to 60cm (24in) long of fragrant, pea-like, white flowers in June and light green leaflets, turning yellow in autumn. Less vigorous than many other varieties it's ideal for training against a sunny house wall.

    This plant has been vegetatively propagated, so will flower earlier than those grown from seed.

  • Garden care: To get lots of flowers, the twining stems need pruning twice a year - once in summer (about two months after the flowering has finished) and again in mid-winter. To train your Wisteria against a wall, the wall will first need a network of stout horizontal wires, attached at approximately 30cm intervals. After planting, prune the leading shoot of your Wisteria back to approximately 90cm above ground level and remove any side branches as this will encourage a strong new leader to form. In the summer of the first growing season, tie the leader in vertically and choose two new lateral shoots on either side of the leader. Tie these onto the wires at a 45 degree angle. Any smaller shoots coming from these lateral branches should be cut back to two or three buds. In the first winter, cut back the leader to a bud approximately 75cm above the highest lateral branch. Gently untie the lateral branches and prune them back by about a third, then re-tie them onto a wire so they are nearly horizontal. In subsequent summers (and until the plant has filled the allotted space), tie in the leader as it grows and choose two strong laterals to form the next tier. These should then be tied in at a 45 degree angle and as in the previous year, any smaller shoots coming from these should be cut back to two or three buds. In subsequent winters cut back the leading shoot as before and cut back and re-tie the new laterals to a near-horizontal position. The older laterals can be cut back by about a third of their total length. Once the plant has become established and reached the desired height, keep tying in the lateral stems as they spread out. In summer, cut back the wispy stems on both the laterals and sub-laterals (the side shoots from the laterals) to about five or six buds from the main branches. In winter, cut back these stems even harder to within two or three buds of the main branches. These form the short spurs that will go on to produce flowers in the following spring.

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    Comments about Wisteria floribunda 'Alba':

    This was a gift for my parents, and it proved to be a good choice. Placed against a sunny wall, it grew surprisingly quickly to become a beautiful shape, with attractive leaves. The flowers are stunning and highly scented. It has so far resisted all pests and diseases. It hasn't required much maintenance. It's a real talking point already; I can't wait to see it in future years.

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    • Q:

      I bought this wisteria from you early last year and was very happy with the buds on the plant then. However, a problem emerged in the shape of a snail which climbed along the tie to the wall and merrily munched the buds. Result - no growth last year. Amazingly it still seems to be alive (bark scratch test). Any suggestions for how I can encourage the plant this year? The first step may be a piece of copper piping from the plant to the wall, to deter our slimy foes!
      Asked on 22/1/2017 by gardening mad from south Devon

      1 answer

    • Q:

      new wisteria alba has no leaders it is growing relly bushy do i have to take lower leaves off
      Asked on 26/9/2016 by geordy from west midlands

      1 answer

    • Q:

      Hi, can you give an indication of height for the 2 litre pot please?
      Asked on 24/4/2016 by Nicola from London

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      • Plant Doctor

        A:

        Hello,

        They are all going to be different and will vary depending on the time of the year, however as a very general guide, I would say they will be around 45 - 90cm in height.

        Answered on 25/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
    • Q:

      Hello,

      I am looking to plant a climbing wisteria to grow up a South West facing fence on my patio. Would it be possible to grow a climbing wisteria successfully in a pot?

      Many thanks,
      Asked on 28/5/2014 by Zuziazuzek from Harlesden

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      • Plant Doctor

        A:

        Hello,

        It is possible to grow it in a really large pot, provided it is kept well fed and watered, however it will never reach its full height. Ideally, if you want it to cover a wall, you should try to lift a paving slab and plant it in the ground.

        Answered on 2/6/2014 by helen from crocus
    • Q:

      Wisteria leaves are falling off.....

      Hello, We received our delivery last Thursday and whilst we are very happy with the service and the quality of the plants, unfortunately we are worried about the Wisteria floribunda 'Alba'. It arrived with no leaves and the only ones left were yellow and have fallen down. Is this ok? I look forward to hearing from you
      Asked on 9/10/2009 by Alex Sanz

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      • A:

        Hello there, Thanks for sending the picture. I have had a look and the plant does look pretty sorry for itself, but this is exactly how I would expect the Wisteria to look at this time of the year. The few remaining leaves will soon drop off and you will be left with a very bare twig throughout winter. I would recommend you plant it out as normal ,and as I have added some notes to your order about your concerns, get back to us in spring if it fails to put on lots of new growth. All the Wisterias we sell are expensive as we only sell grafted plants, which is a highly skilled and laborious process, but ensures that the plant will flower much earlier than those that are not. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 9/10/2009 by Alex Sanz
      • A:

        Hi Helen, Thanks for the putting my mind at rest and for your email - really really helpful. I will keep an eye on the plant and get back to you in Spring if the Wisteria goes from being sorry for itself to being depressed in our garden! Thanks again,

        Answered on 9/10/2009 by Crocus Customer Services
    • Q:

      Mature Wisteria

      Hi The front of my south facing cottage is covered with a large, probably 50 year old wisteria. We are having alterations to the cottage and have tried every solution to save the wisteria, but eventually it seems that it is just to difficult to alter the building with it in place. I would like to replace it (don't know the variety) with a maturie/ish plant. Is it possible to buy a plant which has already flowered and how mature a plant can be transplanted. We live in Cumbria. I welcome your advise. Kind regards Sandra
      Asked on 24/9/2009 by ian & sandra wallace

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      • A:

        Hello Sandra, We sell grafted Wisterias, most of which have already flowered, or are just about ready to. They are commonly available and some specialist nurseries will have very mature plants, which will have been grown in a pot so are happy to be transplanted. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 25/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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      Wisteria Black Dragon - is it grafted?

      Dear Sir/madam, I am interested in a purchasing a Wisteria Black Dragon (floribunda 'Yae-Kokuryu). I note from your website that you offer this plant; could you please advise if they are grafted or rootstock. Kind Regards Stuart
      Asked on 14/6/2009 by Stuart Wood

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      • A:

        Hello Stuart, All the Wisterias we sell are grafted, so they will flower earlier than those propagated in other ways. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 15/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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