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PlantFiles: Chinese Wisteria
Wisteria sinensis 'Alba'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Wisteria (wis-TEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clary On Apr 25, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I purchased an established grafted plant through mail order and it is just outstanding. It has responded very well to training and pruning and so far has not suckered (which is why I bought the graft rather than the natural rootstock). The flowers are large, fragrant and perfectly white; the trunk is elegant, and the leaves provide shade and privacy. It needs little care. I do not fertilize and keep it pruned fairly tight to the leading branches in order to contain it and encourage flowering. It is trained on an arbor beside the house and I keep it pruned away from the house itself. This is one of the most beautiful plants in my garden due to its form and fragrance; it has an old-fashioned charm that adds significantly to our property.

Positive Sandwichkatexan On Dec 9, 2011, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

This is a pesky awful invasive plant but also it is beautiful dramatic and fragrant ! In my humble opinion it is worth all the backbreaking hacking and root trimming to keep it inbounds . Everyone has the purple , But I am one of the few who has the white and the flower clusters are longer and more fragrant I love it and the hours of painful labor to keep it from taking over the world here are worth it !!!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
San Leandro, California
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Copperas Cove, Texas

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