photography: The Creative Minds * Tuscany * Spring 2007
camera: TCM super zoom 374 views
Wisteria vines climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counter-clockwise round any available support. They can climb as high as 20m above ground and spread out 10 m laterally.
The leaves are alternate, 15 to 35 cm long, pinnate, with 9 to 19 leaflets. The flowers are produced in pendulous racemes 10 to 80 cm long, similar to those of the genus Laburnum, but are purple, violet, pink or white, not yellow. Flowering is in the spring (just before or as the leaves open) in some Asian species, and in mid to late summer in the American species and W. japonica. The flowers of some species are fragrant, most notably Chinese Wisteria. The seeds are produced in pods similar to those of laburnum, and, like that genus, are poisonous.