Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Fabales Fabaceae Wisteria Wisteria floribunda
  • Common Name: Japanese Wisteria.
  • Plant type: Deciduous, woody climber.
  • Flower Dimensions: Individual flower is 0.5 to 0.75-inch[1] long.
  • Color: Violet to violet-blue, pink, white.
  • Flowering Season: Late spring or early summer (mid-April to mid-May).
  • Places in Japan with Japanese Wisteria: Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden, Ashikaga Flower Park, Mandaraji Temple, Byakugou-ji Temple, Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tennogawa Park, Shirai Omachi Fuji Park.


The Japanese Wisteria is a beautiful, deciduous climber with a height of 10 to 30 feet and a spread of 10-20 feet. It is native to temperate Asia, Japan.

Japanese Wisteria Flowers

  • Japanese Wisteria is a long-lived climber. Therefore, the direction of the twining in the axis is clockwise.
  • The Wisteria flowers drape down from the vines. The tress of flowers is up to 50 cm in length. There are up to 1oo flowers per tress.
  • The dense, attractive foliage consists of 15 leaflets that become yellow during fall.
  • Japanese Wisteria needs regular pruning to promote flowering and control the plant’s shape and size.
  • The Wisteria plant is toxic to humans and pets.

Wisteria Flowers

Interesting Facts about Japanese Wisteria

  • This perennial plant has a life span of 50 to 100 years or even longer.
  • Japanese Wisteria[2] is a symbol of immortality and long life.
  • The pink Wisteria is often used at the wedding because it symbolizes romance.
  • The Japanese Wisteria is associated with nobility because, in the past, the commoners were not allowed to wear the purple color[3].
  • The practitioners of feng shui plant Wisteria in the quadrant because the eloquent falling of the wisteria blossoms signifies honor and respect.
Suggested Reading: Flower Types

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Key References
  • [1]“Wisteria, Wisteria floribunda | Mount Auburn Cemetery”. Accessed June 05, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“The Meaning of Flowers – Schweitzerlinen”. Accessed June 05, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“Hanakotoba: The Secret Meanings Behind 9 Flowers in Japan”. Accessed June 05, 2022. Link.


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