Wisteria sinensis 'Amethyst'
- Position: full sun or light, dappled shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May to June
- Flower colour: violet-blue with a reddish flush
- Other features: velvety, green seed-pods in hot summers; all parts of the plant are harmful if ingested
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Magnificent clusters of well-scented, red-flushed, violet-blue flowers appear on this vigorous twining climber from late spring to early summer. The foliage emerges soon after the flowers, and often has an initial bronze flush, which fades as the leaves mature. If possible place it near a seating area or walkway, so you can fully appreciate the fragrant blooms, and provide a sturdy support for it to climb over.
- 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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