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Wisteria floribunda has the longest racemes (flowers) of all the species, nearly half a meter in length! It provides a dramatic display on garden structures such as pergolas where the racemes can hang free, unimpeded by branches or foliage!

Wisteria floribunda, common name Japanese wisteria, is a woody, deciduous twining climber. It was first brought from Japan to the United States in the 1830s.Since then, it has become one of the most highly romanticized flowering garden plants. It is also a common subject for bonsai, along with Wisteria sinensis (Chinese wisteria).

These racemes burst into great trails of clustered pink, violet, blue or white flowers in early- to mid-spring. The flowers carry a distinctive fragrance similar to that of grapes.

Japanese wisteria can grow over 30 meters (98 ft) long over many supports via powerful clockwise-twining stems. The foliage consists of shiny, dark-green, pinnately compound leaves 10–30 centimeters (3.9–11.8 in) in length. Japanese wisteria prefers moist soils and full sun in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9. The plant often lives over 50 years.

Type: Vine or tree

Location: Sun or shade (blooms best in sunny locations)

Hardiness zones: 5-9

Note: All parts of the plant (including the seeds) contain a glycoside called wisterin which is toxic if ingested and may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, and diarrhea.

Seeds per pack: 2 Large seeds

Germination: Place seeds just below the soil surface of a sterile seed-start mix, and keep moist until germination, which can take 30 to 90 days. Be sure to keep the soil moist until germination. Once growth appears, place the pot in a sunny location.

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