Wisteria Floribunda Caroline Climber
Wisteria Floribunda Caroline flowering
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Wisteria Floribunda Caroline or Wisteria Sinensis Caroline also Wisteria Caroline
The Wisteria Sinensis was first introduced to the western world from China in 1816. The cultivar Wisteria Sinensis Caroline is a relatively new variety. It was created in New Zealand and is widely coveted for its breath-taking flower display and striking foliage.
Unlike other wisteria climbers, Wisteria Floribunda Caroline blooms in the mid- to late spring months. The fragrant flowers persist into the early summer. The flower racemes of the vine start to bloom simultaneously to create a stunning display. Each dangling flower cluster measures up to 30 centimetres in length. The racemes are comprised of small pea-sized lilac and purple blossoms. Bees, butterflies and birds adore the sweetly fragrant blooms.
After flowering, the Wisteria Sinensis Caroline produces bean-like seedpods. As summer progresses, the pods ripen. When autumn arrives, they normally still persist on the vine for visual interest.
The foliage of Wisteria Caroline is feathery and soft green in colour. The pinnate leaves are made of 11 small leaflets that emerge a grey-green in the spring and take on a brighter green shade during summer. When autumn arrives, the dense foliage turns a bright yellow.
When fully grown, the Wisteria Floribunda Caroline will easily reach a height of 9 meters. It grows well against walls, a trellis, an arbour, a pergola, or a fence. It will also grow free-standing if given ample support for its heavy frame.
Plant the Wisteria Sinensis Caroline in full sun for ample flower production. It will grow in partial shade, but will generally not produce as dramatic of a flower display. The vine prefers moderately fertile soil that is well-draining. During the first year of growth, keep the soil moist to encourage the vine to produce a strong root system. After the first year, the vine can tolerate short periods of drought well.
The Wisteria Caroline requires regular pruning to maintain its overall size and shape. Pruning also promotes new growth and better flower production. Restricting the vine’s vegetative growth by trimming encourages the vine to produce short flower shoots. Prune Wisteria Caroline twice a year: in January-February and again in July-August.
There is little doubt that the Wisteria Floribunda Caroline is a dramatic addition to any garden setting that is sure to gather great admiration. Its eye-catching beauty is awe-inspiring. Plant the vine anywhere that the blooms can be visually enjoyed and where the blossoms heavenly aroma will tantalize the senses.
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