Wisteria frutescens

Asked March 19, 2020, 1:15 PM EDT

Hi there, with all this extra gardening time I'm planning my native pollinators and edible shrubs. Wondering if Wisteria frutescens is native to MD or this general area. (not the Japanese or Chinese species.) Thanks!

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

Good morning. American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) is a beautiful flowering vine and it is native to all of the Eastern United States. In Maryland specifically, it is noted as being best adapted to swamp edges and streambanks of the Coastal Plain region. Its native habitat provides a clue to how it would best do in a garden -- it likes to be in an area that has consistently moist soil and full to partial sun.

The following two links provide good information about this species.

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=WIFR

https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=280631&isprofile=0&letter=W

Since you are working on plans for a native pollinator garden, here is a link to our page about native plants. There are many great resources here to help you get started. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/native-plants.

Christa