Wisteria floribunda f. alba 'Shiro-noda'

white Japanese wisteria ( syn. Wisteria floribunda Alba / Longissima Alba)

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3 lt pot (60cm cane) £34.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy Wisteria floribunda f. alba 'Shiro-noda' white Japanese wisteria ( syn. Wisteria floribunda Alba / Longissima Alba): Fragrant white flowers

This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • 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.

  • Humans/Pets: Harmful if eaten

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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.


Wirral, Merseyside



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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!

gardening mad

Hello there What a shame! Yes firstly I would deter the snails from this happening again! Hopefully the plant will be fine but in the spring I would give it a feed with something like Growmore or Fish, blood and bone fertiliser. http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/growmore-j-arthur-bowers/classid.1000000175/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/fish-blood-and-bone-j-arthur-bowers/classid.200334/

new wisteria alba has no leaders it is growing relly bushy do i have to take lower leaves off


Hello, We do have a couple of videos on how to prunewisteria - please click on the links below to go straight to them. I would say however that if the leader has been damaged this year, I suspect by the next growing season, you will see lots of new growth emerge. Winter pruning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-mJ5ZJ0xIk Summer pruning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE7qEROYjqI


Hi, can you give an indication of height for the 2 litre pot please?


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.


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,


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.


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

Alex Sanz

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,

Crocus Customer Services

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

Alex Sanz

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

ian & sandra wallace

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

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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

Stuart Wood

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

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