Wisteria floribunda 'Kuchi-beni'
Japanese wisteria (Syn. Wisteria Lipstick )
- Position: full sun or light, dappled shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June
- Flower colour: pale mauve-pink tipped with purple
- Other features: velvety, green seed-pods in hot summers; all parts of the plant are harmful if ingested
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Pendent clusters of fragrant, pea-like, pale mauve-pink flowers, tipped with purple, in June and light grey-green leaflets, turning yellow in autumn. Often underrated, Japanese wisterias are less vigorous than other varieties and are ideal for growing against a sunny house wall or a sturdy pergola. To encourage plenty of flowers, the twining stems need careful pruning.
All the Wisterias we sell are grafted, so will start to flower at a younger age than those grown from cuttings.
- Garden care: After planting prune back the leading shoot to 90cm (36in) above the ground. In the first growing season tie in lateral shoots and cut back sub-lateral shoots to two or three buds. During the first winter cut back laterals by one third and sub-laterals by two or three buds.
- Harmful if eaten
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