Wisteria floribunda ‘Multijuga’
Japanese Wisteria, previously known as Wisteria ‘Macrobotrys’
Most gardeners admire well grown Wisterias, but few actually pluck up the courage to grow them in their own garden. Myths of difficult pruning requirements, plus concerns about how big they could grow, often make Wisterias seem scary to gardeners, but they are in fact very straightforward plants to grow. Wisteria floribunda ‘Multijuga’ has very long and showy racemes (their flower structures) of mauve/purple and white flowers, each with a yellow marking. Each raceme can reach 3ft (1m) long, making a spectacular display each May/June.
You can train Wisteria floribunda ‘Multijuga’ up a pergola or along supporting wires attached to a wall or fence (they can become difficult to maintain on trellis), or you can even train along it free-standing wires to create a Wisteria hedge; providing your support is strong you can train your Wisteria up virtually anything! Although big Wisterias look great you can keep them to a reasonable size in a smaller garden with careful pruning, removing and thinning unwanted shoots each winter. The pruning of Wisterias is fairly straightforward and it’s well worth learning the techniques.
As with all Wisterias, Wisteria floribunda ‘Multijuga’ thrives in a sunny spot with a moist but free draining soil. It’s perfectly cold hardy in the UK, but given the long flower racemes it would flower best in a position sheltered from strong winds.
If Wisteria floribunda ‘Multijuga’ is too big for your space you could choose a smaller flowered Wisteria, and if space is very limited you might prefer Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’. All Wisterias benefit from being pruned to encourage flowering shoots and this keeps their size under control.
Wisteria floribunda ‘Multijuga’ is fairly common in nurseries across the UK.