Wisteria

Wisteria sinensis

Chinese Wisteria, Tree Wisteria , Chinese Bloureën (Afr.)

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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.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

Take cuttings from softwood (green) or hardwood(brown) cuttings and treat like any other cutting.

Seed

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.

Special features

Drought resistant

Can survive for extended periods with little watering.

Pot plant

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.

Hedge plant

Make beautiful green walls if trained up a sturdy structure.

Special features

Origin

Asia, China

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Edible

The leaves may be used as a tea substitute.

Ornamental

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.

Personality

Family

Fabaceae

Flower colour

Purple, White, Blue

Scent

Mild

Problems

Wisteria outgrow most diseases or insect damage.

Companion plants

Generally planted on their own as they will quickly cover any plants around them.