Augusta's Pride Wisteria. This is the original oriental Wisteria introduced into America in the early 1800's by the Berckman Family of Fruitland Nurseries in Augusta, GA, and it appears from old records that they most likely acquired it from Pomaria Nursery in Newberry, SC. Fruitland Nursery's original plant is still growing at its original location off of the southwest corner of the clubhouse of the Augusta National Golf Club (where the annual Master's Gold Tournament is played). The clubhouse is the old manor house of the Berckman family, who migrated to Augusta from Belgium. Since the original plant is beginning to show signs of aging, the Augusta National asked me to root some cuttings from this parent plant, and when they became large enough, they were planted around the original plant. Then, we can eventually approach graft into the parent plant to give it some extra support. When propagating this plant, we found out that it will flower profusely even on one year old plants in gallon containers. Our native Wisteria frutescens will do this, but this is the first Asian selection that I have ever seen flower at such a young age on its own roots. In addition, it has an intoxicating fragrance! Flowers are a purplish-blue on racemes that are 8-12" in length. When this plant flowers I think it is the most floriferous plant in the nursery. So here is as Asian wisteria that you will not have to wait 20 years for your first flowers. Since it is an Asian Wisteria, it is overly vigorous. Wisterias are in the Legume family, and because of this, they have the ability to utilize atmospheric nitrogen, so little has to be done for fertility. These pictures were taken at the entrance to our garden center here at the nursery.