Wisteria Leaf Identification

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Wisteria is a type of woody vine native to Asia, but grown as an ornamental plant throughout the world. Although known for its lavender-blue flowers, the leaves of the wisteria are equally distinctive.

Type

  • The leaves of a wisteria are compound, meaning that one large leaf consisting of many leaflets is attached to the stem of the plant.

Number

  • On a Japanese wisteria, the compound leaf consists of 13 to 19 leaflets, while the Chinese wisteria has seven to 13 leaflets, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Size

  • Each compound leaf on a wisteria is between 1 and 3 feet long, reports the U.S. Forest Service.

Shape

  • The leaflets that form the wisteria compound leaf are rounded with a noticeable point. The edges are marked with large, single teeth.

Color

  • The wisteria leaf is usually light green in color with no luster and relatively thin. It is not uncommon to see the leaves of the wisteria drooping slightly, with their points facing toward the ground.

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