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 as Bonsai.
Should flower around May but Caroline Wisteria are a bit like the railway network and do not work to an exact time table. Flowers can be expected around the 3-4 year point however this depends massively on local conditions.
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. Some gardeners have had success growing Wisteria Caroline up and through other established trees.
Full sun or partial shade, the Caroline Wisteria is happy in either but best results come from full sun. Full unhindered height could be as high as 10 metres but you can prune back if needed and could reach a spread of 20m.
Caroline Wisteria is supplied at a height of between 1.0 metres and 1.50 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.
All our Caroline Wisteria are supplied with 4 year old roots and are grafted which means flowering is more assured compared to those grown from seedlings.
Planting Wiseria Caroline
Plant in well draining and fertile soil and feed in the Spring. It is considered hardy for the UK which means you can plant it almost anywhere.
Growing Wisteria Caroline As A Tree
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.
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.
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Pruning Wisteria Caroline
You can prune hard in the trees dormant months of November, December, January, February and March without detrimental effect. 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.
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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
Ornamental Tree Topping
All ornamental trees (not vines) are topped at 1.3 metres to encourage a natural ornamental tree shape with obvious exceptions e.g. patio sizes.This means that your tree was pruned during the growing process and then allowed to grow to the size it is now supplied at.
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Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental Trees
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.
Poor flowering can be caused by several issues.
Due to Nursery and operational issues, pot sizes may vary.