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Wisteria sinensis is a twining vine that requires sturdy support and regular pruning to keep it under control. The fragrant blue flowers make it a favourite for pergolas, covering a frame in no time and providing shade in hot summer months. The leaves drop to allow sun through during cold winter months. A perfect companion to many outdoor areas.
Take cuttings from softwood (green) or hardwood(brown) cuttings and treat like any other cutting.
Soak seeds overnight in hot water, plant with river sand. Sow to a depth of the same diameter as the seed. Transplant when the second leaf has emerged. Seed raised takes longer to flower.
Can survive for extended periods with little watering.
Can successfully be grown in a container, if adequate support is provided for the twining vines.
Attracts useful insects
Sweet nectar invites an abundance of flying visitors.
Make beautiful green walls if trained up a sturdy structure.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
The leaves may be used as a tea substitute.
One of the most beautiful climbers when in full flower. Makes an excellent leaf cover to patios and over pergolas. The supports need to be strong as this plants get very heavy.
Purple, White, Blue
Wisteria outgrow most diseases or insect damage.
Generally planted on their own as they will quickly cover any plants around them.