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Chinese wisteria

Wister­ia sinensis

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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.

CareProvide 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.

ProblemsDieback, crown gall, leaf spots, virus diseases, Japanese beetles, aphids, leaf miners, scale insects, and mealybugs.

  • Genus : Wisteria
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Vines
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  1. saywenn 05/31/2017

    i just planted a wisteria bush with several vines already growing. how long before flowers appear. i'm in Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.

    1. ginnymo 07/07/2017

      Mine is Six years old and has not bloomed yet. I read that it could take fifteen years.

    2. janechenaille 07/07/2017

      I too live on Cape Cod, in So. Yarmouth. I purchased a Wisteria a month ago and it has already tripled in size.... No flowers yet but, a lot of plant. Couldn't be happier.

  2. saywenn 12/22/2017

    planted a wisteria last summer, it grew up and on to a mesh fence. winter here now. should i cut it back and if so, how far back.

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