Wisteria Floribunda Black Dragon
The Wisteria Floribunda Black Dragon is vigorous, deciduous and provides one of the longer purple pendant like racemes of up to 60cm long. Racemes is a posh way of saying long bunch of flowers. These can turn into velvety seed pods and can be great to pick off and throw at your partner when she isn't looking so she thinks naughty birds are flying over and dropping their recent haul.
Expect the double looking flowers to make an appearance around May or June (aka late Spring to early Summer) so long as Western Civilisation doesn't screw the weather up much more than it already has. All being well, you should also get some white and yellow markings. New foliage emerges as brown or bronze to the romantic wordsmith types, this turns to a bright green and then a mid tone yellow in the Autumn.
You can train it to climb or stand alone as a tree but not to "fetch" or "roll over" although does "stay" quite well. Does not self attach readily, either because it cannot work the sellotape dispenser or it just doesn't grow that way. You will need to provide support for it and give a structure to climb over. One option would be to let it climb up other trees.
Our Wisteria Floribunda Black Dragon (aka Violacea Plena) is considered fully hardy which means it will take the average British winter without too much issue. If it starts growing around your radiators then it is either feeling the cold or someone has stolen one of your walls and you have not noticed.
Grow in well-drained fertile soil in full sun for best results, It will be ok in dappled shade but not as good as full sun. Training it through your bedroom window and under the sun bed will, at best, just get the neighbours gossiping about you.
Consider pruning twice a year for best results, once after the flowers have died off and the second in mid winter which should encourage new growth.
Expect your Wisteria Black Dragon to grow to around 10m high and 5m wide.
It is listed as generally disease free which in our experience is a relative term. If you live next door to the Wisteria Disease Research centre and their trade body has listed their competence as "below average" then we think you could be heading for a bit of disappointment. If you prune it to let the light and air get in amongst the foliage as much as practical, feed and water as required, then your appointment with disappointment probably will be cancelled. Leaf Spot and Powdery Mildew will be two that you might want to research and know what they look like.
All parts of the plant are poisonous and will cause severe stomach problems if ingested.
All our Wisteria are supplied with 4 year old roots.
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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.