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American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens)

American Wisteria is a deciduous, climbing vine. It is less aggressive than the similar invasive, Asian species. The compound leaves are dark green and glossy and contain 5 to 19 leaflets. Clusters of lavender blue flowers appear in the late spring after the leaves emerge. The vine produces 2- to 4-inch tan pods in the late summer. The plant is great for growing on an arbor or fence.


Host plant for Zarucco Duskywing and Long-Tailed Skipper butterflies. Butterflies nectar at the blooms.

Plant Type Vine
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance High
Regions Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade, Full Shade
Soil Wet, Moist
Bloom Times Spring
Seed Times Late Summer
Wildlife Value Butterfly/Insect Nectar, Butterfly Larvae Host
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