The flowers of Chinese wisteria open in early summer, arising from bare stems as the foliage does not appear until the flowers are over. The species has lavender flowers, but named varieties are available in shades of violet or white.
It can be grown traditionally on the wall of a large house, with wall nails used to hold the framework of main stems in place or allowed to scramble through a big tree where it looks most spectacular as well as being maintenance free.
Like most wisterias this is slow to get established and may take several years to start flowering.
The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Cultivation: Plant in soil that is moist but well-drained.
Can be grown informally through large tree or more formally against a house wall.
The plant is grown in a 15 litre pot and is approx 180cm in height on a tripod.