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PlantFiles: Evergreen Wisteria
Millettia reticulata

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Millettia (mil-LET-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: reticulata (reh-tick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

36 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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14 positives
7 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative gardengigi1212 On May 19, 2014, gardengigi1212 from Carrollton, TX wrote:

I have had 2 evergreen wisterias for 5 years. They were beautiful and problem free for 4 years . Last year they leafed out with green leaves near the woody stems , but as the new growth grew longer than 12 inches, the leaves became chlorotic yellow to white and gave very few blooms.I supplemented the soil with organic amendments--green sand, lava sand,molasses, azomite,micro-mineral supplements, iron supplements etc. Nothing seemed to help. I hired an organic soil service company to evaluate and treat the problem. No improvement. I have the same problem this year. I have other plants near these vines and they are thriving. I don't know what else to try. I am about to give up and replace them with some thing else. Any suggestions on how to bring these vines back to good health ?

Neutral heelfan79 On Mar 24, 2014, heelfan79 from Avondale Estates, GA wrote:

My 3 year old evergreen wisteria grows like a weed and will soon provide the shade I wanted when I put one on each corner of the pergola over my patio. The only problems are, it drops most of its leaves (this cold winter it dropped ALL of them) and the flowers drop little purple things that stain my carpet when tracked inside. It drops LOTS of them, so I sweep under it every day for at least two full seasons--either it's the flowers or the leaves. Trashy plant, but pretty between droppings. At the moment, it looks dead after the very cold winter.

Neutral Reynardine On Nov 15, 2013, Reynardine from Lake Helen, FL wrote:

I suspect the person who said it stank had Petraea, queen's wreath, which is unrelated but looks quite similar. That is also called Garlic Vine. Nuff said.

Positive psporter On Oct 13, 2012, psporter from Oklahoma City
United States wrote:

I tried to grow this plant for several years. After about 5 new plants one finally took. It is in a protected location on both the West and South sides. It does not stay evergreen but grows and blooms beautifully. The first few plants I tried in less protected areas and they did not come back the following spring. The one I have now has been growing and thriving for 10 years. I posted a picture I took today, 10/13/12, after it had lost most of it's blooms for this year.
I'm zone 7 and it is not rated hardy for this zone.

Positive 007mph On May 15, 2012, 007mph from Lake Jackson, TX wrote:

I have had excellent luck with this plant. I planted one on either side of an arbor 5 to 8 years ago. I have cut it back each year to be able to walk through the arbor, but it continues to bloom for months and months. This year it produced hundreds of seeds. Best started if you soak them in warm water overnight before planting. I have heard of some that sand them with an emery board. I am pretty far south, and they stay green for me all year. . Don't have a clue why someone would say they stink. They smell is great

Positive Sandwichkatexan On Dec 7, 2011, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

Love Love Love this plant . I have a five year old specimen growing on a gazebo in my front yard it looks AMAZING when in bloom . The deer leave it alone and the armadillos dont dig around it either . Here it looses all its leaves in the winter but covers itself in foliage in spring .

Positive Nanafae On Jul 3, 2011, Nanafae from Rockwall, TX wrote:

The Evergreen Wisteria in my garden is 3 years old and growing and blooming beautifully. It even weathered the snows of the past winter.

Positive mamedee On May 16, 2011, mamedee from Thibodaux, LA wrote:

We have two of these. They flank the sides of our carport and are just gorgeous. We live southeast of New Orleans. The leaves do mostly drop off in the winter but they come back thicker and fuller every year. Ours is full of blooms at the moment and they smell wonderful. I can't imagine why someone would say they "stink to high heaven." The flowers' scent is similar to a Confederate Jasmine in my opinion, but not as strong.

Neutral furrbunker On Oct 19, 2010, furrbunker from Jackson, MS wrote:

Only neutral at the moment. I took several cuttings from my parent's home in Houston, TX. Only one rooted but it has begun putting on new leaves. I plan to keep it in my greenhouse this winter and plant it in my yard in early spring.

I also have a Texas Mountain Laurel that is only 3-3 1/2 ft tall. It hasn't bloomed for me yet and this year developed a fasciation on one of the stems. Wondering what effect that will have on it's future growth.

Neutral learningsouthplants On Oct 18, 2010, learningsouthplants from Sarasota, FL wrote:

This is a question: A comment says that this plant stinks to "high heaven".....what is the stink like? skunk? onions? garbage? Also, I live on a salt water canal.....can this plant handle salt air? Thanks a bunch for any help you can give me, as I am fairly new to southern gardening. By the way, I live in zone 10.

Positive DazyDuke On Sep 6, 2010, DazyDuke from Dawsonville, GA wrote:

I have two Evergreen Wisteria that are doing very well in GA. Last fall, I planted them in "full" sun in my backyard, each at the base of a pillar to our pergola. I chose this plant because of the almost evergreen, glossy, wax leaves and because of the dark purple color and grape-like cluster of the flower. I wanted something that would drape from the pergola rafters like grapes would giving it sort of a Tuscany look. Anyway, I live 50 miles directly north of Atlanta, GA. During the winter, the leaves fell off and the vines turned grey. In the early spring, I checked to see if they were still wick. Most were. The ones that were not, I cut off. Then, I waited. It was worth it. Here it is early Sept and they are flurishing dispite the attempts by my labradoodle to dig a hole to China through the roots and the lack of water to the area. When I planted them, I used a potting soil/red clay mix and covered the base with mulch. I water them every other day or as needed and fertilize once a month. They have grown about three feet in height since l first planted them. Now that their roots have dug into the soil, I feel certain that by this time next year, they will have reached their intended height and purpose: They should be a beautiful, grapey, draping, flowering vine on my pergola.

Neutral slhackley On Jul 27, 2010, slhackley from Crowley, TX wrote:

I've had this plant for about six years and it blooms beautifully every summer but it stinks to high heaven and it does drop it leaves at first freeze. So it is not really "evergreen" in Crowley TX

Neutral Arbarita On Nov 8, 2009, Arbarita from Calera, AL wrote:

I bought this plant in August of this year. I live in zone 7 B
I'm not sure how big this plant gets, other than height. Mine is growing right next to the house. I had a Jasmine vine there and had to pull it out, because it was growing up into the gutters. Will this be easier to control. Appreciate any advice. Thanks

Positive mimillamas On Sep 3, 2008, mimillamas from College Station, TX wrote:

I have had this plant growing in College Station for about 2 years now. I love its leaves and being able to have one evergreen on my arbor for when other vines loose leaves in the winter. Only problem is, I can't seem to encourage it to bloom. Could it be a soil pH problem? Our soil here is pretty alkaline, I believe, and I know this plant likes acid soils. Any ideas on encouraging the pretty flowers?? The plant seems pretty healthy otherwise. Thanks!

Neutral Connie_G On Oct 29, 2007, Connie_G from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought 2 of these about a month ago and have had them in the plastic pots. They seemed to do well with sporatic watering! I just put them in the ground today, so I hope they will like where I placed them and do well this winter! Last winter we had single-digit temps and ice for a week, so here's hoping!

Positive oldflowerchild On Sep 10, 2007, oldflowerchild from Dodd City, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love mine too. I just found out that I don't have to bring it in every winter. I am wondering if anytone has started it from cuttings?

Positive nodnyl On May 25, 2007, nodnyl from Spring, TX wrote:

I have been growing this "wisteria" for 4 years in lower zone 8, with several 20-degree freezes, with no problems. However, every year in mid-spring (right now, May) I have a leaf fall and think this is the end of the plant. It seems to be either not enough water, or, now, too much water. I am now trying a fungicide because every year I panic - this is a beautiful vine that graces my backyard arbor with an almost overpowering fragrance in June. I'd hate to lose it, so if there are suggestions, please publish!

Positive wendella65 On Aug 20, 2006, wendella65 from Schriever, LA wrote:

I bought this plant 5 years ago and it has givin me great pleasure. I placed it next to an arbor covering a swing and it has filled out beautifully. I get many comments on it. I didn't realize it was an evergreen and thought I was special because it didn't lose many leaves during the past winters.


Positive clantonnaomi On Feb 6, 2005, clantonnaomi from Iredell, TX wrote:

I have grown this vine for several years and it has done very well in zone 8 (central Texas). The flowers are very pretty - in fact, I have had several school groups make some of their school pictures with these wonderful purple flowers as a background. I would highly recommend this plant. It requires very little maintenance and is not invasive at all.

Positive seedpicker_TX On Feb 5, 2005, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Fragrant, hardy, and unusual. Mine are perfectly hardy in zone 8, and most years remain evergreen. In years with colder winters, it temporarily looses it's leaves.

Positive trois On Dec 16, 2004, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a very beautiful plant that blooms with deep purple flowers that resemble Wisteria. It blooms all summer until December here. It sets seeds late in the year. It is not invasive. It gets fairly big, but does not climb like Wisterias.
The leaves are rich looking and the entire plant looks great.

Positive rudyyy On Mar 23, 2004, rudyyy from Hunt, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant has been grown with beautiful results for five years in hunt texas with temps. in single digits



This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Calera, Alabama
Daphne, Alabama
Tuskegee, Alabama
Fallbrook, California
Laguna Beach, California
San Clemente, California
Upland, California
Brooksville, Florida
Groveland, Florida
Miccosukee Cpo, Florida
Milton, Florida
Naples, Florida
Panama City Beach, Florida
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Avondale Estates, Georgia
Dawsonville, Georgia
Jonesboro, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (3 reports)
Gonzales, Louisiana
Natchitoches, Louisiana
Schriever, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Petal, Mississippi
Henderson, Nevada
Roswell, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Chapin, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Manning, South Carolina
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Michie, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (3 reports)
Baytown, Texas
Bryan, Texas
Carrollton, Texas
Cibolo, Texas
College Station, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Crowley, Texas
Dodd City, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Friendswood, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Hunt, Texas
Huntsville, Texas
Iredell, Texas
Lake Jackson, Texas
League City, Texas
Lockhart, Texas
Mansfield, Texas
Midway, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Mont Belvieu, Texas
Montgomery, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Palestine, Texas
Plano, Texas
Rockwall, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Sherman, Texas
Spring, Texas (2 reports)
Spring Branch, Texas
Willis, Texas

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