Chinese wisteria

Wister­ia sinensis

Photo/Illustration: 
J. Paul Moore
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Chinese wisteria (Wister­ia sinensis)
wis-TEER-ee-ah sih-NEN-sis
Genus:  Wisteria
Dramatic flowers with an intoxicating fragrance cover this vigorous twining climber. Its cascading flower clusters grow to about 1 foot in length and are borne in abundance, with each one on the plant blooming more or less simultaneously, in late spring. Each small flower is usually light blue mixed with white, but plants are also available in colors such as violets, whites, and pinks. It blooms before foliage emerges.
Care:  Provide rich, well-drained soil with plenty of space. Wisterias needs strong support and can be trained as a tree, vertically on a wall or arbor, or horizontally on the ground. Growth can be restricted to a few limbs, or allowed to spread vigorously to completely cover a wall. Early blooms can be damaged by freezing temperatures. Prune as needed when growth is active, but ideally in early, mid- and late summer.
Problems:  Dieback, crown gall, leaf spots, virus diseases, Japanese beetles, aphids, leaf miners, scale insects, and mealybugs.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
Over 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower,
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara,
White
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Trellis
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Vines

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