Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1675

Woody vine
Perennial

Non-native: China
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Commonly cultivated and escaped

Look for it in urban, suburban, and rural forests and woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
NC Botanical Garden
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC Native Plant Society
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: (7)9-11(13) leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue-violet (rarely white)
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped campanulate calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Wisteria sinensis   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Wisteria sinensis   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-31-002:
Wisteria sinensis   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Chinese Wisteria


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JK Marlow    jkm120326_059

March    Greenwood County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120326_076

March    Greenwood County    SC

Raceme 1-2 dm long; the 25-95 flowers opening nearly simultaneously, per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE flowers of Wisteria species

image of Wisteria sinensis

JK Marlow    jkm120326_087

March    Greenwood County    SC

image of Wisteria sinensis

JK Marlow    jkm120326_092

March    Greenwood County    SC

image of Wisteria sinensis

JK Marlow    jkm0304c_18

April    Greenville County    SC

Old homesite

Looking at it from the base, the vine twines clockwise - "dextrorse", per Weakley's Flora.

image of Wisteria sinensis

JK Marlow    jkm0504f_21

April    McCormick County    SC

Roadside

image of Wisteria sinensis

JK Marlow    jkm0504f_22

April    Greenwood County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    s040417_a

April    Greenville County    SC

Leaflets 7-13 per leaf, per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Peppervine, Trumpet-creeper and Wisteria

image of Wisteria sinensis

JK Marlow    jkm110518_571

May    Greenville County    SC

Legume 10-15cm long and densely velvety pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Wisteria sinensis

JK Marlow    jkm0507p_11

July    Greenville County    SC