Wisteria Species, Japanese Wisteria

Wisteria floribunda

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Wisteria (wis-TEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: floribunda (flor-ih-BUN-duh) (Info)
Synonym:Glycine floribunda
Synonym:Kraunhia floribunda
Synonym:Millettia floribunda
Synonym:Rehsonia floribunda
Synonym:Wisteria multijuga



Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


Seed is poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Headland, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas

Martinez, California

Merced, California

Nevada City, California

Valencia, California

Littleton, Colorado

Bartow, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Wakulla Springs, Florida

Avon, Indiana

Cadiz, Kentucky

Bossier City, Louisiana

Biloxi, Mississippi

Florissant, Missouri

Rolla, Missouri

Flanders, New Jersey

Glouster, Ohio

Waynesville, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Conway, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Andrews, Texas

Denton, Texas

Desoto, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Chatham, Virginia

Kansasville, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 24, 2020, TheCzaress from Rolla, MO wrote:

Although weve both always loved wisteria, buying this home just 6 months ago, my boyfriend and I are now new caregivers to one and we are green. And now that our Wisterias beautifully pleasant blooms have gone, her tendrils are running wild. She is very mature. I havent measured her root base but if I were to guess, probably 18 inch circumference. From the root base at the driveway, along with foliage, runs along the average-length walkway and support/fence, over an arbor, back down to a very short portion of support and ends. There is a pergola that was built above the front door that may have been intended for the Wisteria but I can only guess. We need help taming this beauty without killing her or stunting her growth. The tendrils are out into the walkway and we dont know what to do... read more


On Jul 25, 2015, Aleco from Onsy,
Norway (Zone 7a) wrote:

It took a while to truly get accustomed to its new location after I planted it at about 1 meter / 3 feet. Now it grows extremely fast and vigurously every summer (7 years in), and I'm having trouble deciding how I want it to grow! Look out for suckers as they do come in high numbers. It doesn't freeze back at all during wintertime, and looks so much better than any other vine I've had. Will definitely look good in any garden - as a tree or a vine :)


On Sep 21, 2014, senior81 from hinunangan,
Philippines wrote:

Hello. I have just ordered some Japanese Wisteria seeds to plant in my garden in the Philippines overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I love wisteria having planted one around the front entrance of my house in New York. I see that these seedling dont like to be transplanted so I thought I might start them off in styrofoam cups so I can plant with the cup when they are ready to be put in their final spot. Alternatively I would plant the seeds at the base of the coconut trees already in my garden so they can climb up the trunk. These trees are fully grown and massive so there's no fear of girdling. Does anyone have any suggestions?


On May 28, 2014, Murdoc from Flanders, NJ wrote:

Growing one from seed successfully in NJ. Tried potted seedlings (6 months old at first frost) inside and outside during winter. The only survivor was in a 20 gallon whiskey barrel that remained outside. I do not do anything special aside from a 3 inch layer of light mulch at Thanksgiving.

She's a beast now, about 2 feet tall as we head into her third summer. Still in the barrel. The sides are excellent in controlling the shallow runners. They hit the sides and pop up. I will be harvesting them and attempting to root them as well. I will be starting to thin out the mass of branches this season, and she'll be moved to a bonsai trainer next spring before she wakes up.


On Nov 7, 2009, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have both Chinese and Japanese wisteria, one each on either side of a round arbor. Vigorous yes, scary no. If you ever get the itch to wield your loppers, instead of attacking some other defenseless foundation shrub, go get your aggression out on these two. I'm stringing and binding mine in sculptural ways about the arbor, a worthwhile hobby. In fall they turn a gradient of pale green to clear yellow before falling, with very little brown stuff to sully it.


On Sep 2, 2007, crazy4brugs from Kansasville, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have grown this plant for the last 5 years and each year its more beautiful, It flowers in late May and then off and on over the summer. Yes I see where it can be invasive but it only needs a little pruning, and it's well worth the time it takes. If I had the room I'd grow another one.


On Dec 15, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Japanese Wisteria Wisteria floribunda is Naturalized in Texas and other States and is considered an invasive plant in Texas.


On Dec 30, 2005, top2042 from Mulberry, FL wrote:



On Aug 19, 2005, GFT from Biloxi, MS wrote:

Although it sometimes pruned to resemble a shrub, Wisteria is a vine. The mature vine can be well over three or four inches thick and has a very thick, wood-like "bark;" the leaves are not showy but are attractive; the flowers bloom in spring in grape-like clusters, are very showy, and have a wonderful scent. It is easy to establish, easy to maintain and control, and very hardy.

A couple of warnings. Once established, Wisteria is virtually impossible to get rid of, so you should consider it a permanent planting. It is also REMARKABLY invasive. Pruning is easy enough--just break off unwanted vines by hand--but it must be done frequently; if not the vine will run out of control with tremendous speed. Be aware that vines can also run unnoticed at ground level and then pop... read more


On Apr 22, 2005, Hase1 from Denton, TX wrote:

When I bought my plant I made sure it had blossoms, don't know if that was important, but it has bloomed every spring. I let it grow over an arbor and many pictures have been taken standing under it. Very pleasant fragrance. Mine doesn't require any specific soil or watering, it's heat and cold resistant.
The wisteria is invasive in East Texas, climbers up to 40-50 ft covering the trees alongside the road, very beautiful in spring.


On May 27, 2004, ma1ka2yla from Waynesville, OH wrote:

I bought it as a tree form of about 2 years old at a nursery and planted it be the corner, front of my house, with plenty of space from the house, of course. It's been three years since I planted it and it hasn't bloomed yet. I understand it may take a few more years. I did put bone meal on the ground under it last year, but was told not to fertilize it because it would not bloom. My daughter pruned it without my knowledge, and it put on about 6 limbs to each one she cut off!, which, of course made it really full. It is very pretty as a weeping standard without the flowers, but I look forward to its blooming! Can anyone tell me how to successfully prune it and when?!


On May 9, 2004, dtouchst from Chatham, VA wrote:

When I purchased the plant, the lady in front of me said.
That stuff pulled down my fence. I planted it anyway, I did not think it was doing very good until I notice it was climbing a tree. It will take over, I suggest cutting it back to keep it under control. Or you can give it something to grow on ( trelles ) or just let it go. I think for the appearance and smell it is worth the chance of it getting out of hand. Plant some!!!


On Apr 1, 2004, aegeri from Guadalajara,
Mexico wrote:

We have more than twenty beautiful Wisterias in the little town of Tapalpa, Mxico, in the mountains, above 2100 meters (6000ft.) the sea level.The winter here is mild -7C but summer is hot +32C. They perform excelent all the time. I found in a gardeners book years ago that Wisterias love Phosphorous and it is a real true!.We feed them every month with 3/4 of a can (of coke) filled with DAP (18 46 00) and they are grateful to us with their wonderful flowers (never bloom an the same time, by the way) and the shine of their leaves.


On Mar 24, 2004, PowPow from Columbia, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I do no recall exactly when my mother planted this monster in their back yard, it has been many years back. This vine is now very "jungle" like. The base going around certain trees is several inches (3 or 4) in diameter and the "thing" just keeps on invading. I have seen it put out long (12' to 15') shoots along the ground in a spring and early summer. Please be careful when you select the vine for planting. It is beautiful in full bloom but may require a lot of space for spreading.


On Mar 23, 2004, vfenning wrote:

I planted my Wysteria five years ago. She was slow in blooming but the last two years, she has produced a beautiful crown of sweet smelling flowers. My Wysteria is so showy, people walking by out house have to stop to smell the flowers because she is so fragrant. I have been extremely happy with my plant and I call her a "she" because she is so beautiful...I uploaded a current picture of her blooming now...She makes a wonderful addition to our fence too...


On Feb 15, 2004, tsynakow wrote:

I planted this "tree" two years ago. I fell in love w/it from a catalog. It was growing very full but not taller. I was confused, but after inspecting when I would mow around it I found that it had shoots growing under the grass. I counted about twenty! So, I went online to investigate. It needs to be pruned (the shoots) to grow like a tree or it will just spreads like a vine along the ground. I am very excited to see it this summer when it grows the most. You also must stake for a few years or it will bend over. I placed it in the backyard at focal point of the dinning room picture windows. I would like to know when it gets its flowers.