Japanese wisteria Fabaceae Wisteria
floribunda (Willd.) DC.
|Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, 9 to 15 ovate to lanceolate leaflets each 2 to 3 inches long, dark green above.
Flower: Very showy, purple or white (depending on cultivar) pea-like flowers, occurring in long hanging clusters, to 20 inches long, appearing with the leaves, flowers of one raceme opening from base to tip.
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 clockwise.
Looks like: Chinese wisteria
| Additional Range Information:
Wisteria floribunda is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting Japanese wisteria.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson