Wisteria sinensis Chinese wisteria Fabaceae WISI*; Bx, pb; NY; Q, j; K; R;

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Wisteria sinensis is a high climbing woody vine. 

Leaves alternate, pinnately compound, leaflets 7-13, egg-shaped to narrowly egg-shaped 5-8 cm long, tip abruptly pointed, base broadly wedge-shaped, young leaves hairy, becoming mostly hairless when mature; leaves expand early-mid May; winter plant leafless 150 days (Britton 1874). 

Flowers blue-violet, irregular, 2.5 cm, slightly fragrant, in dense, elongate clusters 15-20 cm long; blooming all at once. 

Fruit pods densely velvety-hairy, 10-15 cm, 1-3 seeds (Rehder 1986). 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: China. 

Habitat: Escaping from cultivation; just as damaging as, and not distinguished from, W. floribunda for this inventory.