Wisteria floribunda ‘Shiro-noda’
snow showers wisteria
Japanese wisterias are perhaps the most romantic and beautiful of vines. Much loved for their long, pendant racemes of fragrant, pea-like flowers, Japanese wisterias have been grown in gardens for centuries. 'Shiro-noda', also known as 'Alba', has white flowers held on 2-foot-long racemes, suspended from its branches in late spring. This is a top choice for covering arbors and spilling over fences. Give it strong support with enough height to show off its blooms. It's lovely over a pergola, where the blossoms drop down to eye level. When in bloom it attracts bees and butterflies. Wisterias have pinnately compound leaves that turn yellow in fall. When well placed, Wisteria floribunda 'Shiro-noda' is a real show stopper!
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: purple, burgundy
Great Color Partners: cream, dark green, gold
Culture NotesJapanese wisteria grows best in well-drained or sandy soil, but will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. It does best and will flower at a younger age in full sun, but will still put on a good show in light or open shade. It is fairly drought tolerant once established, but appreciates occasional watering during prolonged dry weather. The main trick to growing wisteria is training and pruning. Regular pruning in summer and winter will develop a beautiful plant that is very floriferous and easy to care for. This is an excellent plant on which to practice pruning, as it is very forgiving of mistakes. Consult a pruning expert or take a local class to learn techniques for taming this vigorous vine.
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Plant Type: spreading vine
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 100 ft. 0 in. (30.48 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9
Flower Color: white
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: regular watering to drought tolerant