Botanical Name: Wisteria frutescens ‘Dam B’
Common Name: Dam B Wisteria
Description: This variety of native Wisteria was found in East Texas. ‘Dam B’ sports light blue/lavender, finely scented, pendulous flowers in six-to-ten inch long racemes that mix perfectly with the fine-textured foliage. This plant enjoys a heavy flowering season in late May and June and then blooms lightly and sporadically throughout the summer and into the fall. Pruning and deadheading certainly encourages repeat blooming. Is easy to keep in bounds and the suckers from the crown are easy to take care of in comparison to their Asian cousins. Likes a sun or part sun area and well drained soil. Can prune after flowering to control growth. Fast growing to 15-20′ tall and wide. Excellent for covering fences, large trellises, arbors, even large trees. Plant where the fragrance of the flowers can be enjoyed. Deciduous. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant. Attracts bees and butterflies.
Please do not grow the exotic/very invasive Chinese or Japanese wisteria, Wisteria floribunda. Any of the native wisterias, Wisteria frutescens, are as beautiful as the others are and are less aggressive growing.
This plant in 1-gallon containers is 2-3′ tall x 1-2′ wide.
Interesting Tidbit: The plant was found by Lynn Lowrey, legendary plant hunter, near the dam of a lake in southeast Texas named Dam B.
Hardiness Zone 6 – 9