Wisteria sinensis Seeds
Wisteria sinensis is surely the most distinctive of climbers and by far the most captivating when in bloom. Bearing large pendent clusters of fragrant violet-lavender flowers in late spring to early summer, they arise from bare stems; the foliage appears once the flowers are over.
Dramatic flowers with an intoxicating fragrance cover this vigorous twining climber. Its cascading flower clusters grow to about 30cm in length and are borne in abundance, with each one on the plant blooming more or less simultaneously. Chinese wisteria looks fabulous grown traditionally over a wall of a house or garden building or trained over a strong pergola. It can also be trained as a standard tree or allowed to scramble through a large tree where it looks most spectacular as well as being maintenance free.
It is the ideal bonsai subject. The fragrant powder blue flowers hang majestically if the plant is displayed on a shelf or pedestal. Its 'climber' habit allows 'windswept' pendulous and other exciting shapes.
Germination from seed is very easy but like most wisterias, it is slow to get established and may take several years to start flowering, but once is does the rewards are immense.
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Wisteria (also spelled Wistaria or Wysteria) is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, which includes about ten species of woody climbing vines native to the eastern United States and to China, Korea, and Japan. Aquarists refer to the species Hygrophila difformis, in the family Acanthaceae, as Water Wisteria. Some species are popular ornamental plants, especially in China and Japan. Other Wisteria species include Wisteria brachybotrys, Wisteria brevidentata, Wisteria floribunda, Wisteria frutescens, Wisteria macrostachya, Wisteria venusta and Wisteria villosa.