Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls' (PBR)

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Buy Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls' (PBR) wisteria: A more compact form

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 partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A native species of North America, this is a more compact form than its Chinese and Japanese cousins. This makes it ideally suited for large pots, which can be placed under pergolas or arches to transform them into a charming feature, well-suited to a cottage garden. If the garden is large enough, then plant them out against the wall of a house for an incredible late spring and summer display. Its dense clusters of lilac-blue flowers seem to drip from its twining stems and they emit a delicious fragrance, so make sure you plant it near a seating area or entrance if you can.

    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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Eventual height & spread

Promising plant!


After a slow start, this plant has grown well this year up a trellis on our shed and we hope to see flowers next year.

Poppy lover



I would recommend this plant


Selected this plant as not too vigorous and about the only wisteria suitable for pot planting. Pot size about 65cm diameter 45cm deep. Now planted 9 months ago and pleased with performance so far.Gave it first prune last week. Training it on to a corner of building west facing and hope to train some of it round on to the south face. Fully aware it will be some years before flowering.


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Hello, I've just received my Wisteria Frutescens "Amethyst" and have just planted it in a 50cm pot to train up and around a steel obelisk. I'm new to this and am confused about how and where to tie the plant as well as when to trim it--it's currently about 2 feet tall with some 4-7 inch long young branches coming off it. Do I leave the plant be, tied to the obelisk to train it, and wait till February to prune? And how do I know where to prune it? All videos I'm watching are for matured wisterias - nothing to go by for younger plants such as these. The product listing on your website also says this plant is vegetatively propagated--does that mean it will take longer to flower than a grafted plant, and if so, how many years will this take? Thanks in advance for your advice!


Hello, This plant has been vegetatively propagated, which means it has either been grafted or propagated by cuttings. These plants tend to flower earlier than those propagated by seed, however it is difficult to say exactly how long this will take as it is largely determined by external factors. As for training it onto an obelisk, they tend to look better if they are trained onto pergolas, arches or tall walls where their flowers can be seen tat their best. They are large plants too, so it will need a bigger pot in a year or two, and it may get quite congested on the obelisk. The initial training will include tying it loosely onto the support if it starts to flop. The leader should be tied in in an upright direction, while the laterals should be splayed out and tied in at 45 - 90 degree angles. As the plant becomes better established, its twining stems will naturally wrap around the obelisks frame. With regards to the pruning, in its first summer, you should keep the two strongest laterals, but cut back the rest, and in the following winter, cut back the main stem and the two laterals. In subsequent years (until the plant has filled its allotted space) remove unwanted growth at the base and select the strongest of the new laterals and tie them in in summer and cut back the leader and laterals in winter.


I bought this Wisteria last spring and pruned it as instructed in summer and winter. A few weeks ago I did the summer pruning, but since then some flower buds have formed and half a flower came out. Have I done something wrong?!


Hello, I don't think you have done anything wrong, but the plant is merely responding to the unusually warm start to autumn. Just let it do what it wants and enjoy the flowers while they last as it will soon stop when the temperatures start to drop.


hi there, i have a wisteria amethyst falls which i planted last spring. it grew 2 stems, one of which now seems to have died. the remaining one is looking very poor. it is in a huge deep purpose built tub and has a lavender planted with it, at the front of the tub. any ideas on what might be wrong with it, or should i just wait and see what happens this spring? thanks x


Hello, It is still too early for Wisterias to be showing any signs of life as the leaves usually do not start to appear until May. Therefore I would suggest you wait and see what happens, but in the meantime do make sure it is watered when the compost gets dry. It might be worth considering removing the lavender too as this will be in competition with the Wisteria for water and nutrients.


Hello, I have a south facing garage wall which I would love to grow a wisteria against although it will have to be in a container as the area below the wall is paved. I would like to grow a clematis or similar climber through the wisteria to prolong the season of colour. Would it be feasible to plant this in a separate container and train it to grow through the wisteria? If so, could you suggest a suitable plant? Many thanks.


Hello there This wisteria is compact enough to grow in a large pot but will need to be kept well watered and fed. Yes you could grow another climber with it, but your wisteria is going to need pruning twice a year to be sure of getting lots of flowers which means that that you could end up pruning your other climber at the same time if it is growing through the wisteria, which could affect that plant flowering. You could plant a clematis to grow independently, something like a Clematis 'Dark Eyes' which could look striking flowering just after the wisteria, and is suitable for growing into a pot. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/clematis-dark-eyes/classid.2000021231/ Alternatively I have attached a few other links below. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/clematis-maria-cornelia-pbr/classid.2000015567/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/clematis-black-prince/classid.2000006230/ Hope this helps

I bought the Amethyst Falls wisteria this summer which I planted in a pot. Recently 2 shoots have emerged from the soil and they now seem to be growing very small leaves (like the stems on the plant). Are these roots and therefore I need to pot it on? Is it ok to do that now or should I wait until spring? Or are they just new shoots which I shouldn't worry about? I can send a photo if that would assist.


Hello, These sound like shoots to me, but if they are coming from below the graft union (ie. the point where the top part of the plant has been grafted onto the rootball), then they should be cut right back to their base.


Hello, These sound like shoots to me, but if they are coming from below the graft union (ie. the point where the top part of the plant has been grafted onto the rootball), then they should be cut right back to their base.


I am a new gardener and bought one of these Wisterias a few months ago. Would it be possible to give some more guidance on pruning it? I have read the instructions provided carefully but I'm afraid I don't understand the difference between "side branches", "shoots" and "buds". Are the "side branches" the stems with leaves coming directly off, or the branches with stems coming off (from which the leaves come directly off)? How do you identify the buds? Is it possible for you to post a video?


Hello, We do have a couple of videos which you may find helpful - please click on the links below to go straight to them Summer prune https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE7qEROYjqI Winter prune https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-mJ5ZJ0xIk


Hi, I have some questions about the Amethyst Falls Wisteria. What dimensions would be recommended for a suitable size container to successfully keep one of these on the patio? What size can I expect a container grown plant to get? Can it be underplanted/companion planted with anything else in a container? Thanks


Hello, These can get pretty big, so ideally they will need a large pot - say at least 75cm in diameter (although you can pot it up in stages into this). You will also need to make sure it is kept well fed and watered. As for the size it will get too, it is difficult to say, but it certainly wont be as big as if it were growing in the ground. Finally, in time you will need all the space in the pot for the roots of the wisteria, so I would avoid underplanting...maybe just top the compost with decorative gravel.


Hi, I have a mature wisteria which has been left to ramble and which I finally got to grips with pruning this winter. Although the main plant is in full sun a large section of the wisteria continues along a fence which is mostly in shade. Will the plant flower in the shaded part or should I cut it back to where it gets sunshine and if so can I do it now in Spring. Thanks


Hello, It really depends on how heavy the shade is. Wisterias will tolerate some shade, but they flower best in a sunny spot. As for the pruning, heavy pruning should really be tackled in late winter.


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,

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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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