Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) in the Wisterias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Vine
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 10-40 feet
Plant Spread: 10-40 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Other: Blue-violet
Flower Time: Spring
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Other: Pods and seeds are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: When grown from seed may take 20 years to flower.
Propagation: Other methods: Stolons and runners
Other: Can be invasive
Pollinators: Various insects

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Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, CaliforniaDate: 2014-03-25
By Henhouse
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By zuzu
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Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)Date: 2018-03-27
By Ivan_N_Tx
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Location: Hospital El Salvador, Santiago, Chile
By Mutisia
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2006-05-10
By bonitin
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Date: 2014-04-25
By Paul2032
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-03-16
By gingin
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2006-05-10
By bonitin
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Location: Lahaska PADate: 2014-07-31seed pods of chinese wisteria
By skylark
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2015-05-11
By bonitin
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Date: 2012-04-08
By Faridat
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2006-05-10
By bonitin
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2011-11-24
By gingin
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2011-11-24the pods are fuzzy
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-02-28
By gingin
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Date: 2012-04-26
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Date: 2012-04-26
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Location: Philo, CaliforniaDate: 2015-04-17
By janwax
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2015-05-09
By bonitin
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2015-05-11
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Location: Hospital El Salvador, Santiago, Chile
By Mutisia
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Location: Potomac MDDate: 2019-04-21
By sulurph
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Location: At the Winchester Gardens - San Jose, CADate: 2012-06-02Vining stems of the Chinese Wisteria
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Location: At the Winchester Gardens - San  Jose, CADate: 2012-06-02Chinese Wisteria blooms
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Location: At the Winchester Gardens - San Jose, CADate: 2012-06-02Wisteria seed pods hanging over the pergola
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Location: On an arbor in front of my houseDate: 2017-05-28Planted this young wisteria about a month ago
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Location: Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation, Merion Station, Pennsylvania USADate: 2018-05-12
By csandt
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Location: Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation, Merion Station, Pennsylvania USADate: 2018-05-12
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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Jan 16, 2015 5:08 PM

Chinese Wisteria is indeed a beautiful flowering vine that can attain heights to 40 feet, with branches and stems 8 to 10 inches in diameter! The leaves of the Chinese Wisteria are wavy and tapered toward the tip. The fruit is a hairy, flat, approximately 6-inch-long pod that contains the seeds. Long, dangling panicles of very fragrant purple, white, or lavender flowers appear in spring.

One must be careful when planting this vine as it is considered extremely invasive in some areas. It will grow around and over everything in its path, displacing native vegetation and killing shrubs and trees. A much better alternative for gardeners in the U.S. is American Wisteria, Wisteria frutescens: http://garden.org/plants/searc... which is just as pretty but much more easily contained, as it does not have the invasive habit of the Asian varieties.

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Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Nov 24, 2011 12:47 PM

I love wisteria, but if you are not careful it will take over your world! I like to pull the vines/runners and make wreathes to decorate.

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Plant Events from our members
HamiltonSquare On March 27, 2018 Bloomed
Just starting to open.
dragonfetti On April 20, 2015 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Plant never leafed out. Returned to Home depot.
dragonfetti On February 16, 2015 Transplanted
Planted in front of 'Old Man's Gulch".
dragonfetti On January 19, 2015 Obtained plant
From HD; $9.95; Wanted another American Wisteria but unable to find one locally. This one is bare root and will go over Alan's patio roof.
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