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Wisteria sinensis

Chinese wisteria

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


Wisteria sinensis

Plant details

The flowers of Chinese wisteria open in early summer, arising from bare stems as the foliage does not appear until the flowers are over. 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, with wall nails used to hold the framework of main stems in place, or allowed to scramble through a big tree where it looks most spectacular as well as being maintenance free. Like most wisterias, this is slow to get established and may take several years to start flowering. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Fabaceae/Papilionaceae

Genus: Wisteria

Species: sinensis

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 900cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: June to July

Flowering period: May to June

Reader reviews


i have a 20 yr old wisteria sinensis and once again it has filled with foliage without flowering,i`ve followed advice on pruning,feeding etc but to no avail! why won`t it bloom?please help

Dutch Tim

I learned (long ago)that some Wisteria's flower while others just don't. Perhaps you should buy another one and find out.

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