Wisteria floribunda • Japanese wisteria / Fuji

Wisteria •  フジ • 藤 • fuji

It usually blooms in the month of May and gets all the attention, sitting by the fence in the area K:

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SJG • 5/24/12 – Wisteria floribunda • Japanese wisteria / Fuji, Area K

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SJG • 5/24/12 – Wisteria floribunda • Japanese wisteria / Fuji, Area K – flowers

From wikipedia:  Wisteria floribunda, the Japanese wisteria, is a woody liana of the Wisteria family. It was brought from Japan to the United States in 1860 by George Rogers Hall. Since then, it has become one of the most highly romanticized flowering garden plants. It is also a common subject for bonsai, along with Wisteria sinensis (Chinese wisteria).

The flowering habit of Japanese wisteria is perhaps the most spectacular of the Wisteria family. It sports the longest flower racemes of any wisteria; they can reach nearly half a meter in length. These racemes burst into great trails of clustered white, violet, or blue flowers in early- to mid-spring. The flowers carry a distinctive fragrance similar to that of grapes. The early flowering time of Japanese wisteria can cause problems in temperate climates, where early frosts can destroy the coming years’ flowers. It will also flower only after passing from juvenile to adult stage, a transition that may take many frustrating years just like its cousin Chinese Wisteria. […]

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