J. S. Peterson
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Common Names: Chinese Wisteria
Scientific Name: Wisteria sinensis
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf. Dark, rich, green leaves.
Height: Grows to 30 feet
Spread: Grows to 30 feet
Shape: Climbing vine.
Growth Characteristics: Fast-growing. Twines left to right (counterclockwise).
This is one of the most common wisteria. It features pendulous clusters of fragrant blue-violet flowers, which bloom simultaneously. The Chinese Wisteria is attractive to birds, bees and butterflies.
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Moisture: Tolerates wet, moist, or dry environments
Soil Type: Rich, deep, moist, well-drained soil
General Care Tips
Chinese Wisteria requires regular watering. Ensure that the soil is well-drained.
An excess in nitrogen may cause an increase in growth, but will in turn reduce
flowering. The best time to fertilize is before bloom in the spring season,
and late summer until leafdrop. Minimize fertilizer during bloom.
Things to Watch Out For
Scale insects are the most common insect problems.
The seeds and seed pods of Wisterias are toxic to humans and animals if ingested.