This elegant Silky Wisteria is so called for its downy leaflets along the main leaf stem. The long, pinnate leaves make a lovely backdrop for the lilac-pink, fragrant flowers that appear in late spring and early summer. Unlike the better know Chinese Wisteria, the individual flowers of this species are much larger, forming short, somewhat stumpy racemes – but equally showy. Wisteria brachybotrys ‘Showa-beni’ is a recent introduction with a distinctive yellow spot to the centre of each bloom. After flowering it forms bean-like seed pods which dangle from the branches.
This one is grown to make the very most of those beautiful lilac pink flowers as an arch that measures 2.5m tall x 1.5m wide and walking through this arch with these stunning flowers being the centrepiece is just stunning