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Sorrento Coast Japanese Wisteria

Westringia 'Sorrento Coast'

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Sorrento Coast Japanese Wisteria (Westringia 'Sorrento Coast') at Roger's Gardens

Sorrento Coast Japanese Wisteria foliage

Sorrento Coast Japanese Wisteria foliage

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Brand:  Ball


An outstanding medium sized shrub with soft, gray-green leaves with cream edges and a silvery cast; a flush of small lilac, star shaped flowers in spring, then sporadically all year; works well as a hedge or screening plant

Ornamental Features

Sorrento Coast Japanese Wisteria has attractive dark green foliage edged in creamy white with hints of silver on a plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. The fuzzy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. It features subtle lilac purple star-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches in mid spring.

Landscape Attributes

Sorrento Coast Japanese Wisteria is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sorrento Coast Japanese Wisteria is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sorrento Coast Japanese Wisteria will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Sorrento Coast Japanese Wisteria makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features