This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
One of the best and handsomest among the clingstones. Fruit large, oval pointed, with a white crimson-tinged woolly skin; very conspicuous. Flesh white, very fine, slightly colored with pink around the stone; juicy, and for a clingstone, very tender and melting. It ripens well - has a most delicate aroma. For those who prefer clingstones, - and their number is not small, - this fruit has proved to be a fine acquisition. It was obtained from a stone sent from China. Charles Downing says that it was imported from China, but he does not state whether it was imported as a tree or as a seed. The general opinion is that it was imported as a seed, and fruited in Georgia or South Carolina, for the first time. L. E. Berckmans.
We know little about the stocks used for dwarfing in China. The Chinese are wonderfully successful in these matters it is said; and we believe one of the most efficient operations is to start the trees by confinement in small pots, in the same way they are said to prevent the growth of women's feet - by enclosing them in small shoes or bandages that admit of no expansion.
Variegated, crimson, purple and white; one foot; the double variety the finest.
We have several vigorous plants of the Chinese White, the shoots of which are remarkably strong, but do not expect any bloom until the ensuing spring. They have withstood the last two winters without the least injury. The Snow White variety of the Wistaria finites-cens is a very hardy and rapid climber, and regularly blooms twice during the summer. But the most vigorous of all the species and varieties, is the Fhribundn, the shoots of which will run thirty feet in a season. The flowers are of a pale cerulean hue, borne on very long and profuse racemes, which are produced in great abundance. The common Wistaria frutescens and the Chinese blue flowering, are too well known to describe, but there are others less known, such as the rosea, . violacea, serotina, etc., of which I will speak in a future communication.
S. E.J. As you say your plant has been in a sunny-exposure, it has probably been too dry at the roots. You had better take it up with care as soon as the leaves fall, replant it in good soil, and when it starts next year, keep it moderately moist.
No plant, says The Prairie Farmer, is easier of propagation than this. Even at this late period, if the plant is still growing, you can lay down a shoot of this season's growth, and bury a portion, leaving the end up. It would facilitate the rooting to notch the part which is to be covered; simply cutting through the bark at several points, is all that will be required to induce a free emission of roots. May is the proper month in which to do this work, and it is possible that roots made after this will be rather succulent; but -a little litter thrown over the ground late will protect them from injury during the winter.