Chinese wisteria Fabaceae Wisteria sinensis
Leaf:Alternate, pinnately compound, 7 to 13 ovate leaflets each 2 to 4 inches long, dark green above.
Flower:Very showy, purple or white (depending on cultivar) pea-like flowers, occurring in long hanging clusters, 8 to 12 inches long, appearing with the leaves, all the flowers of one raceme opening simultaneously.
Fruit:Finely fuzzy, pea-like pods, 3 to 6 inches long, persistent.
Twig:Slender, light brown, raised circular leaf scar, appressed triangular light brown buds, and false terminal bud.
Bark:Smooth, gray-brown, and fluted. Trunk can be quite large for a vine; older specimens can reach a foot in diameter.
Form:A climbing twining vine, reaching up to 40 feet in height often covering trees and shrubs, twines counter-clockwise.