Scientific NameWisteria sinensis
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Deciduous perennial woody vine that can grow up to 60 feet long.
Shiny, green, pinnately compound leaves with 9 to 13 leaflets per leaf. Individual leaflets are 1 to 2 inches long and the the entire leaf being 6 to 12 inches in length.
Branches that have grown in the current season are highly pubescent. Seed production is low and the plant mainly spreads by layering and suckering instead of by new seedlings.
Flower Seed Head
The flowers grow on individual stems 6 to 12 inches in length containing multiple individual flowers. The flowers appear and open before the leaves expand in the spring.
Small pubescent pods that look like bean pods 2 to 4 inches in length containing multiple seeds. Each seed is about 0.25 inches in diameter and flattened. Seeds will shatter in the summer and fall and the empty pods will persist through the winter.
Home gardens, wooded areas, roadsides
woody bush or tree
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval