How to Plant Trees & Wisteria Vines


Choose from hundreds of flowering, evergreen or weeping trees to add wonderful interest to your landscape. Find trees native to your area to grow healthy and long-living trees. Add wisteria, a vigorously growing vine with heavily scented, pea-like flowers, to add color and attract butterflies to your garden. Wisteria vines should not be planted too close to your new landscape trees, as they can climb the young trees and kill them. These vines need a fence, trellis or large older tree to climb.

Planting Trees

Step 1

Dig a hole twice the diameter of the container that the tree is planted in. The hole should be 2 inches shallower than the container. If you have a bare root tree, then dig the hole three times the diameter of the root ball and 1 inch less than the measurement from the bottom of the root ball to the crown. Determine the tree's location by the type of tree; some like full sun, while others prefer partial shade.

Step 2

Clean the dug-out soil of all lawn grass, weeds and stones. If your soil is very sandy or very heavy, mix in 1 part compost to 3 parts original soil. This will help with water retention and drainage. No amendments are necessary if you have good soil.

Step 3

Remove the tree from the container and place it in the planting hole. Fill in halfway over the root ball with soil while holding the tree straight. Pour in a gallon of water to settle the soil around the roots, and continue to fill until the soil is level with the surrounding ground. The crown of the root ball should be slightly above grade.

Step 4

Place soil from halfway up the crown to the grade level so the soil tapers away from the tree; tamp down the soil. This will leave the very top of the crown exposed so it can better receive moisture and air, while keeping the water from pooling directly around the trunk.

Step 5

Build a water ring around the tree, 2 feet away from the trunk, in all directions. Pile the soil 3 inches thick and 5 inches high. Regular watering will cause the water ring to dissolve into the ground over time.

Step 6

Water the tree thoroughly immediately after planting and again every 3 days for the first 2 weeks. Cut back to irrigating once a week for the rest of the growing season and once every other week throughout the winter.

Step 7

Stake the tree if it is small and subject to being blown over by heavy winds. Use landscape ties and loosely tie the tree to the stakes so they do not damage the young bark.

Planting Wisteria Vines

Step 1

Prepare the area for the vines by choosing a location that gets full sun and has well-draining soil. Erect a trellis or arbor erected before planting the vine, or plant the wisteria just inside a fence.

Step 2

Dig a hole 3 times the diameter of the container the wisteria came in. The depth of the hole should be the same depth as the container. Clean the dug-out soil of all lawn grass, weeds and stones. Amend the soil with 1 part compost to 2 parts soil.

Step 3

Remove the plant from the container and place in the planting hole. It should be at the same level it was in the container. If the vine was grafted, be sure the graft line stays above the soil. You will see a scar where the plant was grafted.

Step 4

Fill in around the rootball, halfway up the side, with amended soil. Water the soil to settle it around the roots. Fill in the hole until the soil is level with the surrounding ground. Hand-tamp down firmly.

Step 5

Water the vine thoroughly immediately after planting. Irrigate the plant twice a week for an hour each time. It is better to water slowly for longer periods of time than many times for just a few minutes. This will encourage a deep root system.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant wisteria seeds, or you may not see flowers for 10 to 15 years.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Wooden stakes
  • Landscape ties
  • Trellis, arbor or fence
  • Clean soft cotton string


  • Ohio State University Extension: Growing Wisteria
  • Colorado State University Extension: Beautiful and Versatile Wisteria
  • University of California: Planting Landscape Trees
Keywords: planting landscape trees, planting wisteria vines, landscapeing with vines

About this Author

Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.