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Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’

Common Name(s):
Amethyst falls wisteria
Cultivar(s):
‘Amethyst Falls’
Categories:
Native Plants, Vines
Comment:

Looking for a vine to liven up your garden? ‘Amethyst Falls’ wisteria may be just what you are looking for. A superior selection of our little-known native wisteria, this deciduous vine is something special.

Unlike the more common Asian wisteria, you will be pleasantly surprised by the less aggressive nature of this American vine. Considered by some to be a dwarf wisteria, ‘Amethyst Falls’ has smaller leaves and smaller flowers than its exotic Asian relatives. Don’t be fooled however; once this plant is established, it can climb 15 to 20 feet in a season.

Flowers are lightly fragrant, lavender-purple, and borne in cascading 4- to 6-inch racemes in May. Due to the fact that our native wisterias bloom on new growth, vines can be moderately pruned back each winter. This characteristic helps gardeners train ‘Amethyst Falls’ onto arbors or to most any trellis form.

Best of all, this wisteria is both deer resistant and drought tolerant. ‘Amethyst Falls’ wisteria is an introduction from Head Ornamentals, Inc.

 

Height:
8-10 ft.; over time may reach 30 ft.
Flower:
Lightly fragrant, lavender-purple, and borne in cascading 4- to 6-inch racemes in May re-blooming lightly in the summer.
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Compact
Texture:
Medium
Exposure:
Full sun to partial sun
Fruit:
Flattened, brown, velvety, bean-like pod
Growth Rate:
Fast
Climbing Method:
Twining
Tags:
cottage, deciduous, fragrant flowers, show stopper, showstopper, fragrant, trellis, arbor, dwarf, espalier, rustic, deer resistant, container

NCCES plant id: 3095

Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls' American Wisteria vine
UGA College of Ag and Environment, CC BY-NC-2.0
Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls' Leaves
David J. Stang, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls' Flowers
David J. Stang, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls' Flowers close up
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