The Q&A Archives: Wisteria

Question: Does the vine Wisteria climb by itself like lavender trumpet vine? If there's strong support black metal fence (with space in between the metals) set up already, can Wisteria grow on the fence by itself or do I need to tie the vine to fence all the time? also I live in Thousand Oaks, California, so does Wisteria lose all the leaves in my area in winter time? Thanks a lot!

Answer: Wisteria will twine around a support frame all on its own. You may need to direct the vines while they're young but once they develop a basic structure of vines, they will scramble up and over a support without needing to be tied.

There is an evergreen Wisteria (Millettia reticulata) that's suitable for your gardening region. This plant has huge clusters of purple flowers and is a vigorous grower.

Good luck with your new wisteria!

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