Wisteria sinensis

5 lt pot (1.5m tall) £99.99
available to order from autumn
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Wisteria sinensis Chinese wisteria: Sweetly scented purplish-lilac 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: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Pendant clusters of fragrant, pea-like, usually bluish-lilac flowers in May and June, often followed by velvety-green seed-pods. This vigorous Chinese wisteria looks fabulous trained over a sunny wall or strong pergola. Renowned for its superior fragrance, the twining stems need careful pruning.

  • 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.

  • Harmful if eaten
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Notes on Wisteria sinensis

"An anticlockwise climber of noble proportions with fragrant racemes of mauve, pea flowers followed by velvety bean pods - for those who want to deck a house in May glory"



Bought early summer 2018 with a special offer. Health plant arrived and planted. To my surprise, it started flowering April 2019! Not just one or two flowers but about 10 or more. So pleased.




I haven't killed it... yet :)


Ordered this about a year ago during spring, when all the Wysteria were looking splendid. Crocus delivered a healthy plant quickly. Some helpful instructions accompanied the plant, as well as advice on the website on how to bring it on which I promptly ignored. A very hot summer last year in a very hot and sunny spot caused it to wither but not die off completely and this spring it's sprouting again. What can I say? Despite my best efforts it hasn't died. Crocus must have supplied me with a healthy plant that hopefully will grow into a glorious flowering Wysteria... :)

Dave from Dorset

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Excellent value


Bought as a present really pleased with the plant my friend tells me growing well .


West mids


Brilliantly established for an advanced start.


Planted against a cane prior to where I need it. It's very tall so, be prepared. Can't wait until it's wstabliahwd in its intended space.




Excellent Plant


I bought this last summer when the previous plant, not a Crocus one, died. It's been fantastic and grew like mad along the wires we had put up to help it grow along and up our courtyard wall I am so pleased with it, good quality plant with clear instructions which I followed and it has paid off - can't wait until Spring arrives and it starts growing again




Excellent choices, service and much more


Everything very good from start to finish

Rocker boy



I love Wisteria and will be buying more for my back garden


This is beautiful and I can't wait to see it flowering




I would always but from CROCUS


happy to wait for the right planting times. So delivery isnt always immediate




Great service and product


It looks dead when it arrives but quickly it grew into a big healthy plant




Flowering after two years


I ordered and planted this in May 2016. It took a year to start growing properly. Two years later (and after I was worried it had died over the winter), it is growing vigorously again and even started flowering!





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Hi. I am planning on buying one of your Wisteria plants which you are currently selling at half price (a bargain!). I am not renowned for my gardening skills but plan to grow it along a wooden garden fence and am going to grow it in a 3 litre pot in order to keep it small. It will be against a south west facing fence. I have been looking on youtube about how to keep it and prune it and one suggestion was to buy a plant that was in flower or just finished flowering. My question is will the plant be in flower? (being as it is May) and how old will the 1 litre plants be? Many Thanks.


Hello, The wisteria we sell have all been grafted, and a plant is a 1-litre pot will have been grafted about 1 year ago. Grafted plants tend to flower at a much younger age than those propagated in other ways, however we can never guarantee that any plant we send out will be in flower. As for keeping it it a pot, it will restrict its growth, but I would strongly advise against keeping it is such a small pot - ideally you will need something at least 45cm in diameter.


Would his wisteria like Scotland ? I have a garden in Edinburgh , near the Botanics .I have sucessfully grown Wisteria in Italy but have no experience of it here ! . Thanks

Boo boo

Hello, I would have a look around the neighbourhood to see if there are some growing locally, but as these are pretty tough and hardy plants, it should be fine in your garden near Edinburgh.


I understand that all parts of the Wisteria plant are harmful if ingested, do you think that having dogs and a Wisteria are a no-no?


Hello there Wisteria are potentially harmful to humans if eaten, but I am sorry we cannot advise if they are harmful to dogs. I would suggest that you speak to your vet who should be able to advise you. Kind regards

I purchased my Wisteria in autumn and repotted it almost immediately. Its now spring and the wisteria has not grown at all. It also has what appears to be buds that were there when I received the plant but they show no signs of opening. The plant seems to be alive and I water it regularly, plus it receives plenty of sun so I'm not sure why it hasn't grown at all. Is it still in dormancy? The weather has been warmer recently and I assumed it would grow in the spring especially since this is supposed to be a very aggressive and fast growing variety of wisteria. I pruned it when I first got it to around a third of its original size so I'm not sure if that's the reason its not growing now?


Hello there It is still very early for a lot of plants to be showing any new growth, and particularly wisteria can be quite late to emerge, so I wouldn't be worried yet. Hope this helps.

Something is eating my wisteria leaves but there appears no evidence of what this could be. It started at the leaves at the trunk now is seems apparent the attacking the ones at the top.


Hello there I can't be sure what is eating your wisteria but it could be snails. Can you see any slime trails? They are most active after dark, so maybe have a look in the evening to see if you can see any on the leaves or around the plant. Hope this helps

I am keen to buy a wisteria plant, but expect to be moving house in the next two years or so. Is it something that would be happy growing in a large pot until it can be planted out somewhere more permanent? Thanks


Hello there These climbers are vigorous so are best grown in the ground, but I can understand why you might want to start it off in pot. If you do try and grow it in a container I would make sure it is a large container, and that you support the twinning stems. Alternatively you could try and grow it into a standard in a pot, either way it will need to be well watered and fed during the growing season in a container. Hope this helps

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

Crocus Helpdesk

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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