Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'

Amethyst Falls American Wisteria

Flowers and leaves

Flowers and leaves


Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Wisteria

Parent: Wisteria frutescens

Category: Vine - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 20' or 30' tall

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Much less aggresive than the Chinese or Japanese species, less vigorous and easier to manage. Blooms on new growth and on very young plants. Lavender to blue flowers on 4" racemes in mid-spring. May produce a second flush of flowers if lightly pruned after first flowering. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant.


GA Gold Medal Vine 2006.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in May 2008 and planted it on the edge of the golf course in summer 2009. I was trying to tree form it but it tends to produce more growth below than from the top. I dug it up and moved it to the Wild Or Wacky garden while trying to decide what to do next. In spring 2013 I decided to try again and planted one piece tied to a large stake in the Gumball Border Garden.

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