Caroline Chinese Wisteria
Wisteria sinensis 'Caroline'
Caroline Chinese Wisteria flowers
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Height: 30 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5a
A floriferous and vigorous vine smothered in long chains of deliciously fragrant lilac blue flowers in spring, excellent for training up an arbor or trellis or arching over an entry way; can be aggressive, needs to be grown on a rigid support structure
Caroline Chinese Wisteria is covered in stunning chains of fragrant lilac purple pea-like flowers with blue overtones hanging below the branches from mid to late spring, which emerge from distinctive deep purple flower buds. It has green deciduous foliage which emerges grayish green in spring. The narrow pinnately compound leaves turn yellow in fall.
Caroline Chinese Wisteria is a multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a high maintenance woody vine that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Caroline Chinese Wisteria is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Caroline Chinese Wisteria will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This woody vine should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.
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