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Commonly known as Japanese wisteria
Genus of about 10 species of twining, woody, deciduous climbers found in moist woodland and on streamsides in China, Korea, Japan and central and southern USA.
When viewed from above Japanese wisteria twines clockwise, Chinese wisteria counter clockwise.
Deciduousleaves each composed of 11-19 ovate to lance-shaped leaflets.
HeightTo 9m (28ft)
SpreadTo 5m (15ft)
ClimberSome of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clingingVigorous twining climber. Produces pea-like flowers with the standards (uppermost petal) marked with white and yellow. Flowers are produced in pendent racemes to 30cm (12in) or more long, the flowers opening gradually from the base to the tips. They are often followed by bean-like velvety green seed pods to 15cm (6in) long.
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesAphids, brown scale, leaf spot, honey fungus.Place of originJapan
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Scented PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Toxic - Category CHarmful if eaten(People & Pets)
Buy Varieties of WISTERIA
(syn. venusta) - a rare Japanese species with silky young foliage and unusually large cream flowers on short racemes. Mid season flowering. An excellent container plant
densely packed mauve/violet flowers fading to white, strongly scented. Flowering occurs before the leaves appear which makes this new hybrid especially attractive.
'(Longissima Alba', 'Snow Showers') - flowers white tinted lilac on the keel
very floriferous variety with long well-filled racemes of flowers which are purple/mauve and white, lightly tinged with pink. Bright yellow-green foliage
(synonym. W. formosa Issai) - flowers at a young age with mauve-blue flowers as the leaves emerge
unusually narrow densely packed racemes of blue flowers and large seed pods
all features of this plant are accentuated by the darker colouring of the leaf midribs, stems and blooms. Flowers are predominantly darkish purple contrasting with pale mauve
long racemes of densely packed pale blue-mauve flowers. A vigorous grower
white flowers edged pink on the wings and keel
bicoloured form with fragrant flowers lilac tinged purple and white
('Pink Ice') - pink
('Black Dragon') - a deep violet-purple double flowered wisteria
an unusual dwarf species which is less vigorous than other wisteria varieties. Reaches only about 10-15 feet in maturity. Compact growth habit makes it ideal for containers and sunny walls. Lilac-blue flowers
bicoloured, blue and white flowers
sweetly scented lilac-blue flowers
white form of the Chinese wisteria
early flowering variety with heavily perfumed light rose/purple flowers blotched yellow
a new introduction from New Zealand with soft bluish violet flowers. This is often sold under the name of W. sinensis 'Prolific'