Have a pergola, trellis, retaining wall or fence line in full sun that is need of some color? Why not try an Aunt Dee Wisteria vine. Being one of the hardiest of all wisterias, this vine features coppery-bronze foliage that will turn green and later, yellow. Stunning chains of fragrant lilac-purple flowers cascade from the stems in the spring attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.
Deer are not fans, so this is one plant that they will leave alone. Although breathtaking, wisterias are not for the inexperienced gardener as they will require much-needed care. The vigorous growing twining vine can grow to be about 30′ tall and 24′ wide. With that said, it should be trained to grow upwards or trail sideways. Aunt Dee Wisteria will become quite woody, so ample support will be needed along with regular pruning in order to maintain the health and beauty of this plant.
As with other vines, the base tends to look a bit leggy and bare so planting some sun-loving perennials in front will provide the right amount of camouflage and remedy that situation. Pet owners and people with children will need to exercise caution if choosing this plant as it can be toxic if eaten.