Wisteria frutescens (L.) Poir.

American Wisteria, Kentucky Wisteria

Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Wisteria

Category: Vine - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 30' tall and 8' spread

Exposure: Sun


Fragrant, pea-like lilac-purple flowers in drooping racemes in spring followed by flattened seedpods. Compound odd-pinnate leaves. Does not spread as aggressively as Chinese Wisteria. Twines clockwise. Likes moist, well-drained soil. Deer tolerant.



Published in Tabl. Encycl. 3: 674 in 1823.

Native to central and eastern US.

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