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Chinese Evergreen Wisteria

Millettia taiwanensis

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Chinese Evergreen Wisteria (Millettia taiwanensis) at Pender Pines Garden Center

Chinese Evergreen Wisteria flowers

Chinese Evergreen Wisteria flowers

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Chinese Evergreen Wisteria (Millettia taiwanensis) at Pender Pines Garden Center

Chinese Evergreen Wisteria in bloom

Chinese Evergreen Wisteria in bloom

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Height:  30 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Tropical Wisteria


An elegant, evergreen flowering vine, with exquisite spikes of reddish-violet flowers rising from the stems in late summer and fall; a very vigorous vine to say the least, can grow quite woody, needs ample support, best if grown on a structure

Ornamental Features

Chinese Evergreen Wisteria features showy spikes of fragrant violet pea-like flowers with red overtones rising above the foliage from late summer to mid fall, which emerge from distinctive powder blue flower buds. It has green evergreen foliage. The narrow pinnately compound leaves remain green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Chinese Evergreen Wisteria is a multi-stemmed evergreen woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance woody vine that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Chinese Evergreen Wisteria is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Chinese Evergreen Wisteria will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This woody vine should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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