Wisteria sinensis 'ALBA'

Wisteria sinensis
Wisteria sinensis 'ALBA'
Chinese wisteria - TREE FORM
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 2-3m
USUAL WIDTH 1-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME April - July
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Chinese wisteria is no doubt the queen of flowering climbers. Alba is a variety with clusters of very fragrant, pure white flowers that are 25-35 cm long and appear on bare wood earlier than other wisterias, usually in April. Rather exotic looking pinnate leaves are mid green, and densely cover the plant and its support. It usually offers second blooming in early summer which is nonetheless beautiful, this time on the background of a fully leaved plant.

Tree forms of wisterias have several advantages. They make the blooming show much more pronounced with its flowering clusters hanging from a shaped crown. And it can stand almost anywhere in your garden as it does not need to be leaning against a wall or a fence. In order to keep the tree form you will need to control its growth. Cut off long branches as and when they appear during the season to 2-3 buds to encourage formation of flowering spurs.

Wisterias need moist, acidic soil, not very rich in organic matter. The tree must be staked to a strong support common for any other standard tree. Remember that wisteria is formerly a vine and the wood remains very flexible for many years. Therefore, leave the support on the plant for at least 5-6 years until the wood reliably hardens up. Young plants require a sheltered place, mature plants are fully hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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