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Chinese Wisteria

Wisteria sinensis

Also known as

Chinese Kidney Bean

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Chinese Wisteria Overview

Wisteria sinensis is a twining vine that requires sturdy support and regular pruning to keep it under control. It is a deciduous woody plant capable of growing over 10m in height. Commonly known by the names Chinese Wisteria or Wisteria. Grow in full sun to partial shade and moist, well-draining soil. The highly scented blue-purple flowers make it a favourite for pergolas, covering a frame in no time and providing shade in hot summer months. Flowers appear from mid-spring. The leaves drop to allow sun through during cold winter months. A perfect companion to many outdoor areas. Leaves are pinnately divided into between 7-13 leaflets.

Common problems with Chinese Wisteria

Wisteria outgrow most diseases or insect damage.

    Chinese Wisteria Companion Plants

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

    How to propagate Chinese Wisteria


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


    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.


    Layering in late summer.


    Bench grafting in winter.

    Special features of Chinese Wisteria

    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.

    Other uses of Chinese Wisteria

    Fragrance, climbing, privacy, wall or trellis Spring/Summer interest.


    The leaves may be used as a tea substitute.


    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.


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