Wisteria frutescens 'Aunt Maude'

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Latin Name: Wisteria frutescens 'Aunt Maude'
Common Name: American Wisteria
Cultivar: 'Aunt Maude'
Family: Fabaceae
Vining technique: twining (counter-clockwise)

Native range: eastern United States
Sun/Shade: sun, tolerates part shade
Height: 12' - 18'
Zones: 5-9
Flower: blue violet, pea-like, in drooping racemes, June-July
Leaves: odd pinnately compound
Fruit: legume, dehiscent
Pruning: find instructions on line, blooms on current season's growth

On the Vine Arbor home page we discussed the importance of having the correct type of support for vines dependent on each vine's particular attachment strategy. Wisteria are twining vines and have large strong stems which would easily have grown around this 8×8 post. But a small wire mesh was mounted close to the face of the post—ideal for delicate tendril-clinging vines, but no match for wisteria.

The wires cut into 'Aunt Maude' as she grew, and while she stretched, bent, and even broke the mesh, in the end she was no match for it and died.

Lesson: Right support for each vine!

Where you used to find Wisteria frutescens 'Aunt Maude':
Wisteria frutescens 'Aunt Maude' location map