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Chinese wisteria in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Wisteria sinensis

 

Chinese wisteria

Blue/lilac/white flowers, up to 12 inches long, come out in early summer usually followed by poisonous seed in green pods, enchanting fragrance. Ideal for a house wall that gets full sun or a pergola. This wisteria grows fast and will need cutting back at least twice and year to keep it in check. Leaves appear after the flowers have shown themselves. Another way of identifying the difference between Chinese and Japanese Wisteria is that the Chinese varieties twine clockwise and the Japanese anti-clockwise.

 
plant Features
  • Chinese wisteria likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Chinese wisteria likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Chinese wisteria is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Chinese wisteria likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Chinese wisteria

Latin name

Wisteria sinensis

type

Flowering climber

family

Fabaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Chinese wisteria likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Chinese wisteria is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Chinese wisteria likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Chinese wisteria likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Chinese wisteria is 7.00meters x 12.00meters 7.00 M 12.00 M

Wisteria sinensis

Blue/lilac/white flowers, up to 12 inches long, come out in early summer usually followed by poisonous seed in green pods, enchanting fragrance. Ideal for a house wall that gets full sun or a pergola. This wisteria grows fast and will need cutting back at least twice and year to keep it in check. Leaves appear after the flowers have shown themselves. Another way of identifying the difference between Chinese and Japanese Wisteria is that the Chinese varieties twine clockwise and the Japanese anti-clockwise.


Flowering

From Late Spring TO Early Summer

Blue / Lilac scented flowers come out in late Spring and early Summer, usually followed by green seed pods.

 

Planting

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Plant out pot grown plants in a sheltered, sunny site. They need support.

 

Propagating by softwood cuttings

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

Take soft wood cuttings in spring to early summer. Cleanly cut up to a 10cm long stems, remove lower leaves and pinch the tip out, dip the stem into rooting hormone, fill a container/pot with suitable compost, make holes around the edge of it and plant the cuttings, water in well, cover with a polythene bag and place somewhere warm, lake the bag off twice a week to air the cuttings. Keep the cuttings moist until well rooted.Harden off when well rooted and pot on into individual pots increasing the airing to let the leaves to develop. Remove rotten, dying or dead cuttings regularly.

 

Propagating by hardwood cuttings

From Mid Autumn TO Late Winter

Take hardwood cuttings of up to .3m from this years growth, making a clean from above a shoot and remove any soft growth. Nearly fill a container with fine grit at the bottom, to enable free draining, and a suitable compost. Place the cutting, having dipped he end in a rooting compound first, with a third of the cutting showing.

 

Propagation by layering

From Early Summer TO Early Summer

Propagation can be done by layering, choose soft pliable stems that will reach the ground and allow the end of the shoot to be about a 1ft above the ground. On either side of a leaf joint, carefully slice the bark along it before securing it into the ground with wire hooks or similar each side of the slice. a hormone rooting powder can be used to help with the rooting. Tie the end of the shoot up carefully so that it grows vertically.

 
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