Wisteria frutescens 'Nivea'

Common Name:
American wisteria
Plant Type:
Deciduous vine
Fabaceae (The Pea Family)
Geographic Origin:
Eastern United States
California Native?:
Plant Size:
20 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
walls and fences
Flowering Season:
20 feet
Flower Color:
Full sun
Most soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
This eastern U.S. native is similar to W. sinensis in general appearance. It is similarly vigorous and leafy, with leaves holding up to 15 rather broad leaflets. Flower clusters appear in summer rather than in spring as is typical of the more familiar wisterias. The flower clusters are usually under 4 inches long but crowded with many rather large, lightly fragrant flowers, snow white with yellow at the base of the standards in this form. Sun, reasonably well drained soil, moderate watering during active growth. Wisterias tolerate a surprising degree of summer drought. Hardy to 0 degrees F or below.