Callerya Species, Evergreen Wisteria

Callerya reticulata

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callerya
Species: reticulata (reh-tick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Millettia championii
Synonym:Millettia cognata
Synonym:Millettia kiangsiensis
Synonym:Millettia purpurea
Synonym:Millettia reticulata



Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Medium Green


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Calera, Alabama

Daphne, Alabama

Tuskegee, Alabama

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

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

Flowery Branch, Georgia

Jonesboro, Georgia

Baton Rouge, Louisiana(4 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

Bedford, Texas

Bryan, Texas(2 reports)

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(2 reports)

Rockwall, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Sherman, Texas

Spring, Texas(2 reports)

Spring Branch, Texas

Willis, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 16, 2021, TXgreenjean from Bedford, TX wrote:

In the Dallas area this has remained evergreen and with fertilization shows beautiful maroon flowers. However, make sure you give it room to sprawl. The previous owner planted one on the west facing wall of our single story house. Now 15 years old or better, it sprawls into the roof vents, gutters and every crack and corner. I've cut it way back but it still comes back in full force making it a nuisance. It if were planted on a fence row I would love it. All the old wood died during our 5 degree freeze, but mid May it is spouting new shoots from the ground, growing a foot a day and looking to take over again. Digging this old vine up has been a major challenge.


On Sep 5, 2016, agjo from Bryan, TX wrote:

I planted a 1 gallon vine about 4 yrs ago in Bryan, TX, and it is growing fairly well. But I'm unimpressed with the flowering - maybe a half dozen blooms each year, and I do not care for the fragrance. I can't say it "stinks" as others have referenced, but I don't notice it unless I'm right next to the blooms, but it's not at all like "Nehi grape" as was described to me by the nursery where I purchased it. It's an unpleasant scent. Perhaps it takes a few more years to get more blooms - ?


On Jul 31, 2016, Twinkletwinkle wrote:

Flowery Branch, GA (35 miles north of Atlanta)
I love this vine. It is not evergreen, but it blooms faithfully every year for 6+ weeks if protected from cold winds. I grow mine inside a fence and it's done well so far, even through a really bad winter in 2014. I've grown it this far north and in the city center of Atlanta.


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 ?


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.


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.


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.


On May 15, 2012, 007mph from wimberly, TX (Zone 8b) 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


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 .


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.


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.


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.


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.


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... read more


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


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


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!


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!


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?


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!


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.



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.


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.


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.


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