General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 30 to 80 feet long
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Other: brown legume pods to 6 inches long
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Spring
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Toxicity: Other: Pods and seeds are poisonous
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Japanese Wisteria
  • Wisteria

Photo Gallery
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-10-24
Japanese wistera (floribunda) trained as a standard
Location: My garden NSW Australia
Date: 2017-10-22
Racems of flowers on Japanese Wisteria (floribunda)
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Photo by hlutzow
Location: Tochigi, Japan
Date: 2017-01-28
          with hanging seedpod longing for spring
Location: My garden in NSW Australia
Date: 2019-10-24
Close up of flower racems of Japanese Wisteria (floribunda)
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Date: 2017-05-08

Date: 2021-12-13
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: My garden in NSW Australia
Date: 2019-10-24
The trunk & branches of standard Japanese wisteria (floribunda)
Location: Longwood Gardens
Date: May
credit: Raul654

Date: 2021-12-13
Location: Jardin des Serres de la Madone, Menton, France
Date: 2016-05-27
Location: southeast Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-06
vine eating house
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-08-16
big plant in middle of yard
Photo by robertduval14
Photo by robertduval14
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 4, 2018 6:45 PM concerning plant:
    The Japanese Wisteria is occasionally found in Eastern and Midwestern landscapes in the US. It is a powerful, fast-growing woody vine (liana) that twines clockwise upon things. It blooms before the foliage emerges, with violet or blue-violet large grape-like clusters on old wood in April-early May. It is a very rampant vine that will kill trees if growing upon them and can break trellises or fences that are not strong, and it will grab anything. In USDA Zone 5 it often does not bloom because of late frosts. When it gets old it often does not bloom much, so gardeners often will give it super-phosphate and root prune to get it to bloom better. It has escaped cultivation in some areas. especially down South, and is invasive and a nuisance. There is a very similar Chinese species that should be considered a variety as the two can hybridize. The Chinese is supposed to leaf out a little later and climb counter-clockwise. They both can ground sucker and become quite a mess.

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