A vigorous, deciduous climber with compound leaves and pendulous, lilac flowers in spring. Drought tolerant once established, the Chinese Wisteria can be slow growing at first, but vigorous in maturity. It needs a strong structure or frame for support and looks best when pruned during the winter. This is an anti-clockwise climber, as opposed to Wisteria floribunda, which is clockwise. Both are excellent floral plants.