Wisteria brachybotrys Shiro-Kapitan

Wisteria brachybotrys 'Shiro-Kapitan' also known as silky Wisteria is a non-evergreen, twining shrub with light green leaves turning yellow in the autumn.

This strong growing, climbing plant produces beautifully scented, white, pea-like flowers with a central yellow marking which hang in long sprays during late spring and early summer which can measure up to 15cm.

These are followed by velvety, bean-like seedpods up to 20cm long.

'Shiro-Kapitan' in a 3L pot with 120cm cane
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How to grow

This fast growing climber is best grown against a wall side, trellis or informally through a large tree.

Shiro-Kapitan characteristics


  • Attractive features: Scented flowers
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Flowering duration: Long
  • Height after 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Climbing
  • Spread after 10 years: 3m-4m / 10ft-13ft


  • Cold hardiness (RHS): H5 (to -15C)
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (7) 0F / -18C


  • Flowering month: April May June
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous