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.