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I had all good intentions of saving this photo for another time, but the more I looked at it the more I felt why not go for it now. Could it be any more beautiful, and are you aware that more than one type of wisteria exists? The two most popular being Japanese wisteria and Chinese wisteria.
Japanese wisteria as shown above, grows to a height of about 25 feet, with flower clusters ( racemes ) 12" - 18" long. Individual flowers open gradually starting at the base of the cluster ending at the tip along with the emerging leaves.
The more popular Chinese wisteria grows to approximately 25 feet as well, but with the flower clusters opening all at once and blooming before the foliage has emerged. Both can be found in a variety of colors from white to deep purple, both are deciduous, and both require a high phosphorus fertilizer to encourage blooms.
If planting, I suggest purchasing an older plant that has already flowered at least two seasons. Wisteria do take longer than some other plants to establish a flowering cycle and if purchased too young may take several years in your garden before the show begins.