Chinese wisterias are at their best when trained to climb large, sturdy structures such as porch roofs, arbors or walls. A dead tree makes a good support, but never allow wisteria to grow on a live tree. The vine will eventually strangle it. These vines are best suited to large structures; their abundant growth dwarfs small ones. Train horizontal branches along a wrought iron fence or pergola, so their pendant flower clusters are displayed in rows.
Container Gardening: Trained as a small tree, wisteria can also be grown in a large container (2 feet wide by 2 feet deep) to lend an elegant touch to small gardens, porches, balconies or patios.