WisteriaWisteria sinensis (Chinese Wisteria)
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Originally called Glycinia, after the Greek “glykys” for sweet, renowned American naturalist Thomas Nuttall renamed the wisteria in the 1800s to honor Dr. Caspar Wistar (1761 – 1818), a professor of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania, President of the American Philosophical Society, and a personal friend of Thomas Jefferson.

Chinese wisteria is a deciduous vine growing vigorously to heights of 25’ or more,  has been known to destroy other plants, trees, supports and even houses, its delicate, long racemes of mildly-fragrant, pea-like, blue-violet flowers notwithstanding. In older vines stems become twisted, massive, with the heft and girth of tree-trunks. See more »