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WISTERIA is a genus of flowering plants in the Legume Family of Fabacea. There are ten species of wisteria. They will climb and grow up almost anything in its path. Wisteria will establish itself over supporting trees and shade out other plants. It can resemble trees with wavy trunks and exceptionally large canopies.
American Wisteria Frutescens grows along streams and wet forests in the southeastern United States. It's flowers are not scented and it does not grow as tall as Asian wisteria species.
Wisteria Floribunda has the longest flower racemes of any wisteria and have a scent similar to grapes. It has poisonous brown seed pods and is native to Japan.
Wisteria Sinensis is an invasive species native to China. Its flowers also have a scent similar to grapes.
A large, one acre specimen of Wisteria Sinensis is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Largest Blossoming Plant." It is located in Sierra Madre, California.
The aquatic flowering plant Hygrophila Difformis is often referred to as a "Water Wisteria." It is from the Acanthacea Family and is not a wisteria species.
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