Wisteria sinensis
Common name: 
Chinese Wisteria
Pronunciation: 
wis-TE-ri-a si-NEN-sis
Family: 
Fabaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous vine, 30-40(100) ft [9-12(30) m], twines counter-clockwise.   Leaves pinnately compound, 25-30 cm long, 7-13 leaflets (usually 11), each about 5-10 cm long, abruptly acuminate, deep green above, somewhat hairy beneath, especially on the midrib.  Bloom occurs before leaves expand, April-May.  Flowers usually blue-violet (var. alba has white flowers), about 2.5 cm long, in 15-30 cm clusters (racemes), all flowers in a cluster tend to open at about the same time (flowers larger than those of W. floribunda).  Fruit is a pod 10-15 cm long.
  • Sun to part shade
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5      Native to China   Several cultivars, including double and dark purple
  • Corvallis: front of 120 12th St.   This house, known as the Solberg House, was built in 1915, and the Chinese Wisteria on the front was reportedly planted about the same time.
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