SpeedyErica
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Flowering Shrub ID help?

Hello all! I am new to this forum and to gardening as well; and am in need of a little help. I have just come across the most beautiful flowering shrub I have ever seen but I have no idea what it is. The shrub itself is a good 7 feet tall and had many lilac coloured flowering cascades hanging from it. Any help in identifying what plant this is would be so greatly appreciated! Here are a few pictures:



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Thanks so much everyone!

Erica

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forgot to add that I am in Kitchener, Ontario Canada and I live in zone 5a. ( I think, I'm still new to all this)

Thanks everyone!

Erica

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Jess
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Hi Speedy :D

Is this growing against a wall or is it out in the garden?

It is a Wisteria but if as you say it is a 7ft shrub as opposed to grown as a climber against a wall then you are very fortunate to have inherited it.

Sometimes with a lot of patience and time (or loads of money if bought like this) they can be trained into a tree shape with a twisted trunk and arching branches like a fountain of blooms. Completely gorgeous and I am very jealous if this is in fact what you have.

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unfortunately, it isn't freestanding, its along a fence, but it is still beautiful and I am happy i have it!
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SpeedyErica wrote:unfortunately, it isn't freestanding, its along a fence, but it is still beautiful and I am happy I have it!
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You may want to check out some info on the web Erica about pruning it. It needs to be pruned in a particular way to ensure maximum number of blooms. I agree about it being beautiful. One of the best climbers out there.

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cool Thanks Jess I will definitely check that out. I inspected it a little better this morning (we just moved into this rental property) and it is in fact a vine and not a shrub. I think it is way too far gone to train it to be freestanding, but I found some pictures of freestanding wisterias and they are beautiful!

Erica

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