Wisteria really do put on a show at this time of year. Displaying stunning long pannicles of scented flowers, they make a fantastic feature of a house or archway.
This perennial plant can survive up to 100 years and has long been associated with romance. In the Victorian language of flowers, wisteria symbolizes “over passionate love or obsession,” referring to the choking nature of the vine.
Actually it's their woody stems that help identify where the plant originates from - if the stems twine clockwise it’s a Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda), but counterclockwise, then it's likely the plant originates from China (Wisteria sinensis), which is actually the most common one found here in the UK.
Unfortunately Wisteria have a reputation of being tricky to grow. Well, they do require lots of support and regular pruning when they are young, they are very thirsty for water and food, and they only flower once the tree is about 12 years old. But looking at these displays, it would seem that the old saying is right - good things come to those that wait.
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