Wisteria sinensis
Wisteria sinensis

Wisteria sinensis



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Ethereal in its delicate appearance, this Chinese wisteria is a large deciduous climber bearing twining stems that carry deep green, pinnate leaves and large, drooping racemes. Adorned with mauve-coloured blooms, the Wisteria sinensis carries a pleasingly aromatic fragrance. In time these flowers mature into tactile, velvety seed pods. 


When Wisteria were introduced to Britain in 1816 they took the country by storm. John Reeves, Chief Inspector of Tea in Canton, saw the climber growing in a merchant’s garden and took cuttings. Since then both Chinese and Japanese Wisteria have been highly prized for their remarkable beauty and scent.


Flowers: May - June

  • Well drained, light soil
  • South or west facing
  • Full sun, partial shade

It is crucial to prune Wisteria to optimise flowering, this should be done twice a year. Because it is such a vigorous plant, ensure that you have allowed enough space and solid support in the form of a wall with firm wires, pergolas or sturdy trellises that will support the weight of the mature plant.

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