|One of the milestones of spring is the sight of these old-fashioned favorite, climbing vines trailing over porches, arbors and among the branches of tall trees. Their masses of long, hanging clusters of fragrant flowers on vines up to 40 feet long are well worth stopping for. Vigorous and long-lived, these woody plants are also trained up and over trellises, along walls or pruned into small, tree-like shapes. All parts of the plant are poisonous, including flowers and seeds. The most fragrant of the many types of Wisteria is Wisteria floribunda, Japanese Wisteria. Start by seed and grafting from select plants. Remove suckers that sprout from base of plants. Ill-timed spring freezes can damage or destroy flower buds.
Before the leaves appear, violet-blue, lightly fragrant flowers open all at once on vines to 25 to 40 feet. The 7 to 12 inch long clusters are not as long or as fragrant as those of Japanese Wisteria, but they open earlier. Tolerates shade.
Attributes - Wisteria chinensis
Plant Type: Shrub, Tree, Vine
Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Early Summer
Flower Color: Lavender, Purple, White
Height: 25 ft. to 100 ft.
Width: 30 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil. Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Long Blooming, Poisonous, Showy Flowers.