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Blue Chinese Wisteria Vine, Wisteria sinensis, Seeds
Showy Fragrant Flowers, Twining Vine, Shrub or Tree, Bonsai, Fast Growth, Hardy, Adaptable, Arbor, Pergola, Allee or Espalier
Chinese Wisteria is a deciduous twining vine that grows vigorously to 25 feet or more and features 6 to 12 inch long racemes of mildly fragrant, pea-like, blue-violet flowers in May when the foliage is just beginning to expand. Flowers bloom somewhat simultaneously on the racemes thus producing a dramatic floral display. Flowers give way to pendant, velvety, bean like seed pods 4 to 6 inches long which ripen in autumn and may persist into winter. Compound, odd-pinnate, deep green leaves (each leaf typically with 7-13 leaflets). Over time, the stems of this vine become twisted, trunk like and massive.
Chinese Wisteria is awesome in springtime as it leafs out and flowers with large, drooping racemes (grapelike clusters) of blue-violet, fragrant flowers. This tough woody vine often climbs high into tree canopy when grown in mild winter climates. It is stunning to see a Wisteria draped from the limbs of a tall pine when in full bloom, a scene made more memorable by the blossoms' appealing fragrance. In winter, Wisteria is a tangled mass of naked woody stems that may or may not be picturesque depending on culture and circumstance. Chinese Wisteria is usually very long lived and trunks can become quite large and attractively gnarly with age.
In contrast to the very similar Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda), Chinese Wisteria differs by counterclockwise twining, fewer leaflets per leaf, shorter flowering racemes of flowers.
Chinese Wisteria is considered to be a high maintenance plant because of its need for regular pruning, its invasive tendencies and its vulnerability to late spring frost damage to flower buds. Although vines may produce flowers by the second or third year after planting, it may take much longer (sometimes up to 15 years). Failure of vines to produce flowers may be attributable to a number of causes including death of flower buds in winter, too much shade, improper pruning or over fertilization.
Genus name honors Caspar Wistar (1761-1818), a professor of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, 7 to 13 ovate leaflets each 2 to 4 inches long, dark green above.
Flower: Very showy, blue-violet pea like flowers, occurring in long hanging clusters, 8 to 12 inches long, appearing with the leaves, all the flowers of one raceme opening simultaneously.
Fruit: Finely fuzzy, pea-like pods, 3 to 6 inches long, persistent.
Twig: Slender, light brown, raised circular leaf scar, appressed triangular light brown buds, and false terminal bud.
Bark: Smooth, gray-brown, and fluted. Trunk can be quite large for a vine; older specimens can reach a foot in diameter.
Form: A climbing twining vine, reaching up to 40 feet in height often covering trees and shrubs, twines counter-clockwise.
Zone: 5 to 8
Growth Rate: Fast
Plant Type: Deciduous twining vine (can also be trained as a specimen shrub or tree).
Native Range: China
Height: 30 to 50 feet
Spread: 5 to 15 feet
Bloom Time: May - June
Bloom Color: Blue-Violet
Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Maintenance: Moderate to High
Site Requirements /Soil Tolerances: Generally not fussy about soil but best grown in slightly acidic, humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Full sun is needed for best flowering.
Culture: Can be invasive (rampant growth plus rooting surface runners). This vine needs space and a sturdy support structure on which to grow. It can be slow to establish. Needs regular pruning in order to control size and shape of the plant and to encourage flowering, such as a pruning back of stems in early summer after bloom and in winter. Root pruning in late fall may also stimulate flowering for the following spring. Improper pruning may overly stimulate vegetative growth at the expense of flowers. Consult a pruning guide for specifics on the initial training of vines and the types of pruning that can or should be done for these high maintenance plants. An application of superphosphate in early spring can also help stimulate flowering. Choose growing sites wisely because plants dislike being transplanted.
Uses: Plan ahead when planting this vine. It must be sited and trained only on sturdy structures which will be able to support the considerable weight of the mature vine. This is an excellent vine for large, sturdy, freestanding arbors, pergolas, posts, trellises, fences or espaliered against a building or terrace walls and can be particularly effective when grown near or above patios where the flowers can be enjoyed in season. It is especially effective when in bloom, planted next to a pond where its beauty can be doubled by reflection. Wisteria can also be trained as a specimen shrub or tree. Use Wisteria as a container specimen, even a bonsai, to control runaway growth.
Sowing Wisteria sinensis Seeds:
Scarification and moisture enhance germination.
Scarify: Soak in water for 24 hours
Stratify: 0 days
Germination: Sow 1/2" Deep
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