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 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.

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.


I have my mauve one in a pot for last 20 or more years, and it should flower better than being in the ground, do you feed it,


will adding potash to soil around help it to flower

John Mc Queen

I planted my new wisteria early March and it was in
flower in May.It sits outside our kitchen window with
some fence protection but its planted in the ground.
The scent is wonderful and I hope for a repeat
performance next year

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