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Wisteria sinensis

Common Name(s):
Chinese wisteria
Cultivar(s):
Prolific
Category:
Vines
Comment:

Strong vine needs space and sturdy support, with full sun for best flowering; compound odd-pinnate deep green leaves (7-13 leaflets), 6-12 inch racemes of mildly fragrant blue-violet pea-shaped flowers bloom almost simultaneously, producing a very showy display. After bloom, drooping clusters of velvety seed pods persist into fall. Regular pruning is required for shaping and to control rampant growth and invasive tendency. Stems become twisted and trunk-like and massive over time. This vine differs from its counterpart Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) by counter-clockwise twining, fewer leaflets per leaf, and shorter flower racemes that are somewhat less fragrant.

Height:
10-25 ft.
Flower:
Racemes of mildly fragrant pea-shaped blue-violet flowers are 6-12 inches long and bloom simultaneously in spring
Zones:
5-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Texture:
Medium
Exposure:
Full sun, fertile soil
Growth Rate:
Slow to establish, then rapid
Climbing Method:
Twining

NCCES plant id: 2840

Wisteria sinensis Wisteria sinensis
Photo by Bri Weldon, CC BY - 2.0
Wisteria sinensis Wisteria sinensis bloom detail
Photo by Jesús Cabrera, CC BY - 2.0
Wisteria sinensis Wisteria sinensis seed pods
Photo by Michelle A., CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0