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Wisteria floribunda is often confused with:
Wisteria sinensis Wisteria sinensis
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Clematis recta Clematis recta
Lantana camara Lantana camara flower
Hydrangea serrata Hydrangea serrata

Wisteria floribunda

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
wis-TEER-ee-uh flor-ih-BUN-duh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

It can be aggressive with invasive tendency, due to rampant growth and rooting surface runners. Woody deciduous vine that requires sturdy support and regular pruning. Twines along a support up to 10-25 ft. or more; can be trained as a shrub or small tree. Bright green compound pinnate leaves with 15-19 leaflets, and 12-18 inch long drooping clusters (racemes) of pink to purple, pea-shaped, very fragrant flowers, blooming from the base of clusters to tip as leaves emerge in spring. After flowering, pendant velvety seed pods about 6 inches long ripen in fall, sometimes persisting into winter. 

Alternatives that are less weedy:

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
  • 'Multijuga'
  • 'Nuda'
  • Rosea
'Alba', 'Multijuga', 'Nuda', Rosea
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#shrub#seed pods#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
  • 'Multijuga'
  • 'Nuda'
  • Rosea
'Alba', 'Multijuga', 'Nuda', Rosea
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#shrub#seed pods#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Wisteria
    Species:
    floribunda
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    After flowering, pendant velvety seed pods about 6 inches long ripen in fall, sometimes persisting into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are 12-18 inches long in drooping clusters (racemes) of pink to purple pea-shaped, very fragrant flowers, blooming from the base of the cluster to outward tip as leaves emerge in spring.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Bright green compound pinnate leaves with 15-19 leaflets.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Brown
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    White
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stem colors may include green and gray.
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting (sometimes with blood), diarrhea, depression
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Lectin, wisterin glycoside
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No