Wisteria is probably one of the best-loved climbing plants. Chinese wisteria is a spectacularly beautiful, deciduous vine that grows vigorously to 30′ or more and features 6-12″ long racemes of mildly-fragrant, pea-like, 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 thus producing a dramatic floral display. Flowers give way to pendant, velvety, bean-like seed pods (4-6″ long) which ripen in autumn and may persist into winter. Compound, odd-pinnate, deep green leaves (each leaf typically with 7-13 leaflets).
This 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. May also be trained as a specimen shrub or tree. Over time, the stems of this vine become twisted, trunk-like and massive.