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Millettia reticulata, Evergreen Wisteria, Summer Wisteria

Millettia reticulata

Evergreen Wisteria, Summer Wisteria
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Southern China and Taiwan
Vine or creeperFull sunModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Evergreen wisteria is not only a beautiful and fragrant perennial vine, it's also an excellent alternative to the more commonly seen Chinese wisteria, which is invasive. Sometimes called summer wisteria, this plant is native to southern China and Taiwan, but is not invasive.

It is a gorgeous, reliable, fragrant flowering vine that will climb to a height of 30 feet in favorable growing conditions. Plant it with support to provide lush shade over a walkway or patio, or use it to create a thick living wall on a trellis or cables.

Unlike the lavender-blooming Chinese and Japanese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis and W. floribunda), evergreen wisteria is not an invasive plant.

Evergreen wisteria can reach heights of 30 feet, however it can be pruned smaller.

This vine can adapt to most soil pH's and can grow in any soil type. This vine does require well draining soil and can grow in full sun to partial shade. Plant it in autumn to establish the roots through the winter. It will quickly cover a pergola, provide a perfumed scent and attract pollinators throughout the spring and summer.

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