Gerald L. Klingaman
Popular for their showy flowers, plants in the genus Wisteria encompasses approximately 10 species of woody, deciduous vines, which are native to China, Korea, Japan and the eastern United States. The genus was named by the botanist Thomas Nutall in honor of Dr. Caspar Wistar (1761 - 1818), a professor of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Wisteria vines climb by twining around supports rather than clinging by tendrils or roots. Some species can become very large and...
James H. Schutte
Introduced to Western gardens in 1830 but cultivated in its native Japan for centuries, this rampant, hardy, deciduous woody twiner blooms showily in late spring with long hanging clusters of fragrant pea-like flowers in blue, violet, pink or white, followed by hanging velvety green pods. The flowers open sequentially from the base of the cluster. The bright green pinnate leaves have more than a dozen leaflets. There are many cultivars, varying mainly in the length and color of the flower clusters....
Cultivated in its native Japan for centuries and introduced to Western gardens in 1830, Japanese wisteria is a rampant, hardy, deciduous woody vine famous for its showy dangling chains of pea-flowers in late spring. As many as 170 fragrant pale lavender-blue blooms crowd each flower cluster of 'Lawrence', making it perhaps the most floriferous wisteria cultivar. It was discovered growing on a house in Ottawa, Canada in the 1970s. The blooms are followed by velvety green bean-like seedpods. The compound...