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Wisteria sinensis /Chinese Wisteria

Wisteria sinensis  / Wisteria sinensis
Heavy mass of flowering vine at Afton Villa Garden in St. Francisville, LA
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Heavy mass of flowering vine at Afton Villa Garden in St. Francisville, LA

Vine pruned each year to control growth on a garden structure

Flowering vine growing on wrought iron fence in very early spring

Wisteria vine growing out of control in an Atlanta suburb

Vine growing on a wrought iron fence in Charleston, SC

Necessary to prune often to keep growth in check on a site like this

Vine growing out of control on edge of a southern forest is a common occurrence

Wisteria in full bloom over a covered patio

Vine growing along the first floor roofline

Tree or standard form of wisteria with a ground cover of spent florets

Entangled vine in full bloom

Vine growing into tree tops in a southern forest

Close-up of flowers

Velvety textured seed pods hanging on a mature vine

Spring flowers

Old entangled vine growing on a tree

A bee searching for nectar on open wisteria flowers

Wisteria vine growing among other vines on a tree trunk will always out compete other vines

A nice way to feature this vine is give it over to a single tree spaced far away from others so it cannot escape into the canopy of adjacent trees

Vine growing on a cypress fence

Wisteria that has escaped into woodlands

Wisteria growing in tree tops

Several clusters of flowers

A single compound leaf with a number of leaflets

A number of compound leaves, each compose of a number of leaflets

New growth is often initially reddish and turns green quickly

A high climbing vine that may become a pest

Wisteria growing over a doorway in Italy (May)

Wisteria growing on a farmhouse wall at Villa Cetinale in Italy

Wisteria carefully trained on an Italian villa wall

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Scientific Name: Wisteria sinensis
Common Name: Chinese Wisteria
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Purple
Fruit present: Spring
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: This is a very fast growing vine that can cover anything in its path if growth is not controlled. Wisterias tolerate a wide range of growing conditions from full sunlight to partial shade and dry to moist soil conditions. Annual pruning is required to train vines to grow in a particular manner. This vine is well adapted to heavy garden structures like arbors and pergolas provided that they can tolerate the heavy weight of a mature vine.