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Wisteria in Austin

Posted by mandib z8 WAustin (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 19, 08 at 13:13

Is it possible to grow Wisteria here? I'm going to be doing some landscaping this month and will be cruising for stones and plants tomorrow with my designer so he can make up a list. I'd love to have a Wisteria growing over an arbor/pergola if possible, but I don't know if it just gets too cold here. I fell in love with one last year in the CA wine country!


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RE: Wisteria in Austin

Wisteria will definitely grow in Austin and in some cases, it can become somewhat invasive. There are two kinds of Wisteria and one is better than the other in terms of not being so invasive.--Sadly, I don't remember which is which, but I'll bet someone else here will know.

I don't know where you live in Austin, but if you are driving south on Brodie Lane past Slaughter toward 1626, there's a bunch of it planted on the west side of the road. Of course, right now it wouldn't be in bloom.

Good luck!


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RE: Wisteria in Austin

I have 4 plants of it here in Lampasas, and it is doing just fine. 2 are planted on oak trees that died from oak wilt or drought and we are just too cheap to pay to get more dead trees removed. It should do fine in Austin.


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RE: Wisteria in Austin

Look for the native, non-invasive kind. It's called American Wisteria, scientific name Wisteria frutescens. I think that's how it's spelled, anyway! It grows quickly - I bought two, a color variety called "Amethyst Falls," this past spring and they grew about four feet! Very nice plants. Just be sure they're in full sun, they don't get exposed to high-nitrogen fertilizer, and you only prune right after they bloom. (They'll still grow otherwise, but they won't bloom as well.)


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RE: Wisteria in Austin

I agree mommyfox, and you spelled it correctly.

Very Invasive:
Chinese & Japanese Wisteria
Wisteria sinensis / Wisteria floribunda
Exotic wisteria vines impair and overtake native shrubs and trees through strangling or shading
Plant a non-invasive native alternative - Texas Wisteria Wisteria frutescens

Texas Wisteria is, in my opinion, prettier than either of the exotic wisterias.

Here is a list of some more invasives.


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RE: Wisteria in Austin

  • Posted by mandib z8 WAustin (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 21, 08 at 15:44

thanks for this info. I had no idea there was an invasive kind! The link on invasive species is really great.


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RE: Wisteria in Austin

Sometimes wisteria is clipped and trained into a tree-like standard in the middle of a lawn - guess the mower chops off those sneaky sprouts.

Mandib, if you're interested, back in 2007 I blogged some photos of out-of-control wisteria in NW Austin.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Here is a link that might be useful: Wisteria Gone Wild


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