The Wild Nature of Wisteria

The sight of Spanish moss hanging from the oak trees is distinctly southern, but this time of year another plant wrapping itself around the trees really gets our attention: wisteria. Its long, lavender blooms let us know spring is here.

If you’re thinking about adding wisteria to your own yard, keep in mind these tips:
– Wisteria can be propagated from cuttings quite easily. Cuttings of softwood in late spring after it has flowered dipped in a rooting hormone and planted in a container of sterile potting soil will root in about a month.
– Wisteria grows easily, so easily, in fact, that the wisteria you see most often in trees around town is a non-native, invasive species.
– Because of its invasive nature, you’re better off to plant a native wisteria plant that’s not invasive.
– We recommend Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’ (pictured). It is native to the Southeast.

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