Notable Plants

Wisteria sinensis – Chinese Wisteria

Wisteria sinensis – Chinese Wisteria


  • Height: 40’+
  • Spread: 40’+
  • Planted by: Ralph Cornell in 1931
  • Family: Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae)
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Wisteria sinensis – Chinese WisteriaThis deciduous vine twins clockwise and will grow vigorously in both full sun, or shade. The fat flower buds are easy to tell apart from modest leave buds on the dormant stems. This is helpful to winter pruning, as you typically want to maintain as many flower buds as possible. The vine produces flowers in early spring (March) before the plant leafs out with 12” long pendent pale purple flowers with a fragrance that should be bottled. The flowers are primarily terminal or near terminal meaning that they are found on or near the end of the branch. The leaves are oddly pinnately compound typically with 7-13 leaflets and can easily measure fifteen inches long. The seedpod starts out green with a velvet coating and ages to a dry brown pod measuring 6”. The seeds themselves are flat brown discs that are the most poisonous part of the plant. Wisteria prefers acid soil to alkaline but will tolerate any soil as long as it get good drainage. Chinese wisteria blooms earlier than Japanese

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