Trunk Twist Aunt Dee Wisteria Tree
Trunk Twist Aunt Dee Wisteria Leaf
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Trunk Twist Aunt Dee Wisteria Tree
Trunk Twist Aunt Dee Wisteria Leaf
Trunk Twist Aunt Dee Wisteria Additional Product Shot 470

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: As Desired
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Trunk Twist Aunt Dee Wisteria
Wisteria macrostachys 'Aunt Dee' Trunk Twist

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Our Aunt Dee Wisteria will bring a romantic feel to your landscape each spring with its long clusters of lightly fragrant lavender flowers dripping from every branch. If you’ve always loved Wisteria for its dreamy blossoms but were afraid this fast-growing vine would take over your house, we have some good news: this native selection is less rampant than the usual form, and we’ve trained it into a tree so that it can stand on its own. As a bonus, this lovely vine-turned-tree may delight you with a repeat performance of blooms later in the season, too! We not only offer Aunt Dee in tree form, but as a part of our Tree Art line we also offer a “Trunk Twist” version with a fun coiled trunk.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: As Desired
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Thomas Nuttall, an English botanist and ornithologist who was fascinated with American flora and fauna, named Wisteria after his friend, Caspar Wistar.  Wistar was a Philadelphia-born doctor and anatomy professor at the University of Pennsylvania.  The spark that ignited his interest in medicine came at 16, when he volunteered to help care for wounded Revolutionary War soldiers after the Battle of Germantown broke out near his home.  The selection ‘Aunt Dee’ was introduced by Minnesota Landscape and Nursery Association Hall of Famer Brad Pederson.  His great-aunt was the inspiration for the name.

The Details

Not many people will have this in their garden - guaranteed! We've taken the typical Wisteria vine and trained it into a twist so as it matures it will become stronger and keep the twisty shape. What a whimsical treat - a perfect addition to a children's garden, don't you think? Bright green foliage covers the top portion of the tree throughout the season with clusters of light purple blooms appearing in late spring/early summer.

How to Grow

Wisteria is usually grown as a vine, but why settle for “the usual”?  We have not only trained Aunt Dee to grow as a small tree, but also encouraged it to develop a cool twisty trunk.  You’ll want to keep this tree staked until the trunk is strong enough to fully support the top, and you can help it out by keeping the top trimmed so it’s not too heavy.  This plant wants its head in the sun.  Any kind of soil is suitable unless it is very dry.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height As Trained
Avg Mature Width As Trained
Spacing As Desired
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color Lavender
Flower Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale

Scale

Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

6-7' tall. Grown as a single stem tree but "twisted" for added interest. Grown in our #15 tree container in this size. A Bower & Branch exclusive item.

Trunk Twist Aunt Dee Wisteria Tree
Trunk Twist Aunt Dee Wisteria Leaf
Trunk Twist Aunt Dee Wisteria Additional Product Shot 470