Noted for its excellent fragrance and voluptuous floral display, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys' or 'Multijuga' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of extraordinarily long hanging clusters, up to 40 in. long (100 cm), packed with pea-like, lilac flowers with dark violet markings. Blooming in late spring or early summer, when the leaves open, the flowers are followed by attractive, bean-like pods, which ripen in late summer and may persist into winter. Equally attractive is the dense foliage of large, dark green, pinnate leaves which consist of 15 lance-shaped leaflets and turns brilliant yellow in fall. This Japanese Wisteria is a strong-growing climber with twining stems of great beauty. A real star in the garden.
- Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
- A long-lived climber, this Japanese Wisteria can grow vigorously up to 30 ft. tall (9 m). It climbs by twining clockwise (from left to right around the axis).
- Thrives in full sun or part shade, in moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant. Best flower production is obtained in full sun.
- Can be grown against a house wall, arbors, pergolas, trellises, fences or trained as a free-standing half standard. It must be sited and trained on sturdy structures which will be able to support the heavy weight of the mature Wisteria. Grow this plant around patios where the flowers can be enjoyed.
- Susceptible to foliage-chewing insects and fungal diseases, but none are significant. Deer resistant
- Needs regular pruning in order to control size and shape of the plant and to promote flowering.
- Propagate by layering, softwood cuttings, hardwood cuttings or grafting. Choose growing sites wisely because plants dislike being transplanted.
- All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.