Wisteria Caroline (very similar to Burford Wisteria)
Deep Violet Blue flowers that contrast extremely well against the emerging coppery leaves and is very heavily scented. Will handle being containerised or used in Bonsai.
Should flower around May but Caroline Wisteria are a bit like the railway network and do not work to an exact time table. Flowering periods can be plus or minus a month depending on weather, conditions, if you have a personality clash with plants in your garden and they are just being plain stubborn etc.
You can hard prune a Wisteria Caroline without any detrimental effect. We mean normal pruning not cutting the vine in half along the main stem in an attempt to get more for your money! (You know, there are some that would). Compared to other Wisteria, the Caroline is a little slower to grow but then good things come to those that are over weight....I think that saying is correct?
One of the more popular uses of Wisteria is to let it climb a structure e.g. a wall, house etc. Your gran will not sleep long enough in the garden chair for you to plant a Wisteria at her feet expecting it to grow and tickle her nose.
Full sun or partial shade, the Caroline Wisteria is happy in either. Full unhindered height could be as high as 9 metres but you can prune back if needed. It is considered hardy (not half of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy but the tough in UK weather type of hardy). Some gardeners have had success growing Wisteria Caroline through other established trees.
Caroline Wisteria is supplied at a height of between 1.0 metres and 1.25 metres in a 3-7 litre container for year round planting and better results than from either bare-root or rootballed stock. Wisteria in general are relatively disease free with mildew being the occasional problem.
Although Wisteria tree vines can be used to be grown against a wall, trellis etc, it can also be used as a specimen tree (stand alone). For the more adventurous you can even train it as a shrub.
Pick the spot where you want it to stay with care as these can be transplanted but can take a few years to recover fully.
While we get more pictures of Wisteria, you should know that these are very popular for planting against walls for a highly decorative effect. The vine stretches out across walls or whatever support you provide giving great splashes of drooping colour.
To train as a tree, prune back all the vines except the strongest. Stake it and train to grow upright. Once it has reached the desired height then prune out the tip growth. It will grow as a tree from this point on. Keep a close eye on young shoots growing on the main section you want as a trunk and pinch them off.
You can prune hard in the trees dormant months of November, December, January, February and March. This is where you prune the main leaders and branches to control ultimate height/shape whereas other light pruning any time of the year should be to maintain shape or remove dead/diseased vine.
These vines can do much better without human intervention. Over watering and feeding can reduce flowering but if you think they are obviously lacking vigour with wilted and off colour leaves then feed a rose type plant food around late winter or mid-spring.
An older plant that is not flowering could benefit from root pruning in Autumn providing a richer crop of flowers in the future. You may also find that lower growing vines that reach the ground propagate themselves and start growing a new root system.
All our Caroline Wisteria are supplied with 4 year old roots.
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Dear Alan, Thanks very much for the safe and prompt arrival of my Wisteria 'Caroline'. The plant is in excellent condition. I bought it as a housewarming present (well, a garden warming present) for my sister (Caroline, would you believe?) and am confident it will bring her years of pleasure. Having just discovered your site I look forward to doing business with you again soon. Regards, Jen 0314
Due to Nursery and operational issues, pot sizes may vary but heights are as set in stone as much as we can make them and are of course weather dependent.