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Japanese Wisteria WISTERIA FLORIBUNDA LAWRENCE

Description & features

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Product description

WISTERIA FLORIBUNDA LAWRENCE– Japanese Wisteria

Characteristics

One of the most joyous of the spring-flowering climbers, Wisteria is a deciduous, woody-stemmed plant ideal for training on a high wall or sturdy fence. In late spring the twining stems are festooned with its sweetly scented, pendent flower racemes. If grown on a heavyweight pergola or arch, these will hang prettily from above, followed by velvety seedpods in warm years. The pinnate leaves emerge a light coppery colour, darkening to green.

Wisteria may ultimately reach 9m (28ft) or more, but can be pruned hard to control growth. They also benefit from spur pruning in mid-winter and in summer, two months after flowering, to promote a good display. 

Lawrence is an attractive variety of Japanese wisteria. It produces long racemes with fragrant, pea-like flowers that are pale violet-blue, with a deeper violet-purple keel and wings. They come out in May along with leaves, the pinnate leaves densely cover the plant are light green, deciduous and turn yellow in autumn.

Where to grow

Wisteria prefers a well-drained, fertile soil in full sun or part-shade. Choose a warm, sheltered position. The pinnate leaves can be knocked back by late frosts, but should recover once the temperature rises. 

Did you know?

Japanese wisteria twines in a clockwise direction, in contrast to Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis), which twines the other way.

 

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
5-10 metres
Shape / habit
Spreading
Growth rate
Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Summer
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Flower colour
White
Flowering month
May
June
Scent
Scented Flowers
Uses
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Suitable for training on a wall

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
5-10 metres
Shape / habit
Spreading
Growth rate
Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Summer
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Flower colour
White
Flowering month
May
June
Scent
Scented Flowers
Uses
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Suitable for training on a wall

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


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