Wisteria sinensis

Scientific name: Wisteria sinensis Wisteria floribunda


Common names: “Wisteria”

Plant Type: Deciduous vine


Zone: 5-8 or 5-9

Light: Full sun best, W. s. will tolerate more than half shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Average

Moisture: Moist well drained


Plant Size: 100-500′ H & W vigorous twining growth

Leaf and Stem shape:  Twining stems with dark green, pinnate leaves

Flower: Drooping racemes of fragrant, mauve or lilac-coloured flowers opening before the leaves

Pruning: Lots, constant pruning to shape and restrict

Maintenance: High – very high, can be trained as a vine, shrub, tree, or groundcover, requires strong support, regular trimming

Landscape use: Wall-side borders, arbors and arches, container plant

Propagate: By layering, cuttings and grafting

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy

Comments: Large and long lived so choosing the right spot is key, planting beside buildings and weak structures is not recommended as these large vigorous plants have a reputation for uncontrollable destruction and strangling, though they can look nice growing up a tree, don’t expect the tree to survive long

Cultivars: ~AGM winners: W. s. ‘Jako’ , W. s. ‘Amethyst’ , many W. floribunda winning cultivars


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