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Wisteria, Chinese
Wisteria sinensis

Flowers of Chinese Wisteria
Flowers of Chinese Wisteria
Hanging clusters ofviolet blue flowers (slightly fragrant). 
Full sun. This vine needs a deep, moist, well drained soil. 
  • 'Alba' has white flowers.
  • 'Amethyst' has rose pink flowers.
  • 'Black Dragon' has dark purple, double to semi double flowers.
Mature Height
20-25 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone
6 - 8 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
May - May
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Method of Attachment
Foliage Color
Fall Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Only occasional insect and disease problems.
Additional Notes

This vine is woody and deciduous.

Wisteria may not bloom for the first 5 to 10 years. To encourage flowering:

  • buy an older plant
  • use nitrogen sparingly
  • provide phosphorus
  • in summer, prune excess growth back to 1/3 to induce short spurs


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