Wisteria sinensis


Grown as a pillared standard for supported use on pergolas and patios.

Features: Trained columnar growth. Stunning clusters of mauve-blue flowers.
Applications: Pergolas, courtyards, patios, feature walls.
Description Wisteria has long been a favourite pergola or open-roof covering, grown as a vine or climber for its dense green foliage in summer, striking dense clusters of flowers in spring and its open, leafless winter habit. Recognising this, Torbay Treefarmers cultivates tall-standing pillared plants that are cultivated with a 'trunk'-column, grown to standard lengths. This means the established 'trunked' plant can be added immediately to a pergola, wall or column as a striking design feature of a new or existing structure. Its foliage can then be trained to suit. Wisteria can live to be over 100 years old.
Availability: Currently unavailable
Mature height: Trunks are grown to
Mature spread: Various depending on
Canopy: Various depending on application. Typically, dense shade in summer and open in winter.
Growth rate: Fast
Cautions: Vigorous growth habit can be destructive of fixtures, gutters etc if left to grow un-pruned. Roots can be sensitive and far-reaching so careful placement or paving is advised. Seeds are toxic.
Tolerances: Urban environments, wind, full sun, usually frost hardy.
Sun demands: Needs full sun
Soil demands: Variety of soils - acid to mildly alkaline. Soil should not dry out.
Water demands: Low to moderate when established
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Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Fabaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from http://selectree.calpoly.edu/treelist.lasso 2009.

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