Wisteria brachybotrys Schowa-Beni
Silky Wisteria

Wisteria brachybotrys Schowa-Beni

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A Japanese variety, Wisteria brachybotrys Schowa-Beni is called the Silky Wisteria, due to the soft down covering the light green foliage; the seed pods that emerge in autumn also boast a velvety texture. But come June, this vigorous climber produces a mass of deep pink buds that open into unforgettable sprays of hanging pink flowers with a magical scent.

When Wisteria were introduced to Britain In 1816 they took the country by storm. John Reeves, Chief Inspector of Tea in Canton, saw the climber growing in a merchant’s garden and took cuttings. Since then both Chinese and Japanese Wisteria have been highly prized for their remarkable beauty and scent.


Flowers from June onwards, unusually this variety should produce flowers in its first year.

  • Well drained, light soil
  • South or west facing
  • Full sun, partial shade

It is crucial to prune Wisteria to optimise flowering, this should be done twice a year. Because it is such a vigorous plant, ensure that you have allowed enough space and solid support in the form of a wall with firm wires, pergolas or sturdy trellises that will support the weight of the mature plant.


Aromatic flowers