Wisteria sinensis

Wisteria sinensis

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Wisteria sinensis
  • Plant type: Climber
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 9m

Spread: 4m

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Scented flowers

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The fragrant, pea-like flowers of Chinese wisteria, Wisteria sinensis, open in early summer on bare stems. The species has lavender flowers but named varieties are available in shades of violet or white. It can be grown traditionally on the wall of a large house or allowed to scramble through a large tree. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Wisteria sinensis in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Like most wisterias, it's slow to become established and may take several years to start flowering. Alternatively, buy a grafted plant which will flower sooner than those grown on their own roots.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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