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Wisteria sinensis

Chinese Wisteria is a favorite of the climbing plants.  This vigorous plant is a spectacularly beautiful, deciduous vine, that grows to 30′ or more.  Wisteria features 6-12″ long racemes of mildly-fragrant, blue-violet flowers in May, when the foliage is just beginning to expand. Flowers are held in grape-like clusters and bloom somewhat simultaneously on the racemes, producing a dramatic floral display. Flowers give way to velvety, bean-like seed pods (4-6″ long) which ripen in autumn and may persist into winter.  Wisteria’s deep green compound, odd-pinnate leaves (each leaf typically with 7-13 leaflets) offer a beautiful backdrop to this dramatic display of blossoms.

Wisteria is an excellent vine for large, sturdy, freestanding arbors, pergolas, posts, trellises, fences or terrace walls, and can be particularly effective when grown near or above patios where the flowers can be enjoyed in season. It may also be trained as a specimen shrub or tree. Over time, the stems of this vine become twisted, trunk-like and massive.

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Plant Details +

Botanical Wisteria sinensis
Common Name Chinese wisteria
Family Fabaceae
Size 12-18"
Height 30' vine
Spacing 4-8'
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Vigorous green
Flower Blue-violet
Bloomtime May - June

General Information +

General Characteristics: Wisteria is a vigorous grower and known to grow onto nearby structures so be sure to give it plenty of room and a sturdy support structure on which to grow. Wisteria prefers full sun. It will grow in partial shade; however, it may not flower. Wisteria is slow to mature and may not begin flowering for 2-3 years.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: 1. Choose a location in full sun. Wisteria is best grown in slightly acidic, humusy, moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Be sure to allow your plant plenty of room from other plants and structures. 2. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 3. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. 4. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Moisture: Water regularly until the roots become established. Pruning: Wisteria requires regular pruning to control the size and shape of the plant, as well as to encourage flowering. Pruning back stems approximately 2 months after it flowers and again in the winter, when the plant is dormant. Root pruning completed in late fall may also stimulate flowering for the following spring.

Pests or Diseases: Although susceptible to a few foliage-chewing insects and fungal diseases, none are significant.