More About Wisteria sinensis
- AKA Wisteria chinensis
- Large, cascading clusters of light lavender-blue, fragrant, sweet pea-like flowers
- Green, pinnate leaves have 7-13 leaflets per leaf
- Poisonous, bean-like, seed pods in September and October
- Vigorous, twining vine
- Bloom Time: June and July
Differences between Wisteria floribunda and Wisteria sinensis and chinensis are:
Floribunda: 13-19 leaflets on each leaf, stems twirl clockwise, hairy calyx, and the flowers are 1.5-2 cm long.
Sinensis: 7-13 leaflets on each leaf, stems twirl counter-clockwise, slightly hairy calyx, and the flowers are 2-2.5 cm long.
Chinese Wisteria Growing and Maintenance Tips
Wisteria will do well in an average to moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Pruning should be done soon after flowering, to ensure bud set for next season's flowers. In the summer months, continual pruning of the new shoots will help maintain a tidy size and appearance. Wisteria needs a sturdy support structure to allow for their vigorous, growth habit.s
Genus Overview: Wisteria
Common Name: Japanese Wisteria
Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Wisteria grow best in an average to moist, well-drained soil, in full sun. Pruning should be done in early spring when the flower buds are swollen, leaving the bud branches intact, any remaining branches can be trimmed to a desired length. In the summer months, continual pruning of the new shoots helps maintain a tidy size and habit. Wisterias need a sturdy, support structure on which to grow, to allow for its vigorous, growth habit.
Wisteria sinensis Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Moist to Average
Landscape usesScreening (privacy)