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Wisteria Vines - A Special Display of Landscaping Beauty

One of the most glorious sights of early summer is a wisteria vine dripping with long racemes of fragrant purple or white flowers. Planted in the proper spot, a wisteria vine is a display of beauty and provides not only eye catching color but the shade from the intertwined leaves can make a cool place to sit during the hot summers.

Wisterias from America were the first varieties to be introduced to Europe and were named for a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Caspar Wistar, in 1818. Wisterias had been grown in China and Japan for many centuries and it was not untile the Orient opened its borders in the mid 1800s that these beautiful vines were introduced to the rest of the world.

Wisterias can be trained over arbors, pergolas, along walls and fences and as a single specimen tree. They need to be pruned with a firm hand to encourage blooms and prevent rampant growth. Pruning advice is available at your local garden cener. Among some of the varietes that can be found in nurseries are:

  • Cooke's Purple which has long 12 inch clusters of rich, purple flowers and
  • Texas White, a fragrant white variety.
  • Violaceaplena is a beautiful dark purple double slection.

    Wisterias bloom best when they are selected for your geographical area.


    Plants provide us with so many pleasures -- aroma, color, shade, food, social gifts...they are living treasures.


    Learning about the native plants in your area can provide you with a practical way to "bloom where you are planted"....and help preserve the biodiversity that supports our own survival.


    Choose local. Choose native. Choose thoughtfully. And smile when you consciously contribute to conservation!


    What WILL you do today to move toward your goal? Even one small action today makes a difference. And you can add a little tomorrow and the next day... Together we will restore our environment in our community and around the world.

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