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Wisteria sinensis

  • Common Name
    Chinese wisteria
  • CA Native
  • Plant Type
  • Size
    12' - 25'
  • Flower Color
    Lavender, Violet, White, Blue
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Light Green
  • Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Occasionally Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
  • Growth Rate
  • Hardiness
  • Adverse Growth Factors
  • Special Features
    • Fragrance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Moderate
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Chinese Wisteria has large drooping racems of very fragrant, lavender to white flowers which open all at once in the spring before the foliage develops. This tough, woody vine is a rapid grower when given sufficient water. It climbs best on wires, trellises, pergolas, and arbors. If allowed it will climb into trees seeking light which they need to flower.

    Dig a hole that is 18" - 24" deep and 2' - 3' wide. Plant slightly above soil grade in an amended soil that has been mixed with lots of compost. Mulch soil after planting in a 2' - 3' radius of the plant trunk. Water well after planting. New plants will require an inch of water a week to encourage new growth. Established plants should be watered only when foliage begins to wilt. Young plants should be fertilized annually in the early spring until the plant has filled the allotted space. Plant requires no further fertilization unless the shoots and foliage growth is poor. It may take 2- 3 years before the plant starts to blossom and if there is insufficient sunlight, too much nitrogen fertilzer or if it is pruned incorrectly, it may not bloom at all. Some annual pruning is recommended and will encourage blossoming but check a wisteria pruning guide before you start to prune.  Wisteria do not transplant well.

    Wisteria have no significant diseases or pests. Leaves and flowers are munched on by deer.


  • Master Gardener Comments
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  • Varietals

    W. sinensis 'Texas White' - white flowers

    W. sinensis 'Blue Sapphire' - soft violet-blue flowers, bronze new growth

    W. sinensis 'Prolific' - lavender blue flowers, extremely prolific, repeat blooms