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botanical name:
Wisteria sinensis
Wisteria sinensis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Chinese Wisteria
family:  Papilionaceae
characteristics: climber, scented/aromatic
height: 10.00m
width: 10.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: twining
leaf colour: green
flower colour: lilac
fruit colour: green
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
Magnificent, vigorous climber, making thick woody stems which twine anti-clockwise. large pinnate leaves with up to 13 ovate leaflets. Long racemes of fragrant, deep lilac or mauve flowers in late spring, followed by long, velvety seed pods. Stems twine in an anti-clockwise direction.

Plants may not flower until fully established, which can take five years. May be damaged by late spring frosts, best grown on a west facing wall in cold areas.
Prune twice yearly: in August, cutting new growth back to five buds, and in February, cutting shoots back to two buds. An alternative regime is to prune just once, at the end of August or early September, cutting back to two buds.

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