Such delight is the drooping, hanging beauty that creates a colorful curtain of lovely smelling flowers in the summer and spring months.
With the dropping seed pods and the twisted branches seen in winter, along with the fall color tones and gnarled trunks, wisteria is a lovely ornamental vine.
Such a lovely plant but what does it actually smell like?
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What Does Wisteria Smell Like?
All varieties of wisteria have a scent. There are a few varieties that emit a sweet scent, while others have more of a musty fragrance to them. The wisteria scents will range from quite mild to very strong and even overpowering. Japanese Wisteria, Chinese Wisteria, and the Silky Wisteria are described as having a very delicious scent. Those with a very rich scent are Okayama, Shiro Kapitan, Kuchi-Beni, and the Murasaki Kapitan. Those with a muskier scent are the Jako, Lawrence, and the Royal Purple. Some versions of wisteria have even been described as smelling like cat pee.
My Wisteria Smells Like Cat Pee
This is a very common statement, and people seem to think that they have a dud plant or they have done something wrong.
For your information, there are a few wisteria vine varieties that actually have a scent that is similar to cat urine.
This scent is popular with the Japanese and Chinese versions, which is why many people decide to go with the Amethyst Falls variety.
Those who can’t stand the smell of the Japanese and Chinese types prefer the plant purely because it can be easily trained and blooms heavily during its growing season.
If you have such a wisteria and want to remove it you can read our article about how to transplant wisteria.
When it comes to the wisteria plants that smell like cat pee, the good part is the fact it isn’t the foliage that stinks but the flowers, so you will only smell the scent when the plant is in bloom.
If you find the scent is too much, you could always move the plant away from the house, which is best done when the plants are young.
What Does Blue Moon Wisteria Smell Like?
The blue moon version of wisteria is quick-growing and always full of flowers and is a favorite in most American gardens. The fragrance of the blue moon is very intense and addictive.
The scent is very sweet and a type of smell that you just want to keep coming back for.
If you plant the blue moon variety near your windows and doors, when the plant is blooming, open them all up, and the scent will wander inside.
The Scent Of Kentucky Wisteria
Wisteria plants can take years to flower, so when you see one that is huge in size, you can’t help but respect the owner for keeping it so well looked after for so long.
The Kentucky version of wisteria is always thought of as a canopy that is dangling down, creating flawless curtains of color.
As for the smell, the Kentucky wisteria has a distinct scent that is more enchanting. People often have trouble describing the scent of Kentucky wisteria, but words like enchanted and delicious have been used.
Wisteria is a beautiful plant that not only looks nice in your garden, but with a few varieties planted together, you can have a beautiful smelling backyard or use the flowers to make some lovely smelling potpourri to place around your home.