Sold incorrectly elsewhere as S. chapana this is possibly a close relation of S. alpina but is definitely not chapana, which has a completely different inflorescence. A high altitude collection, originally from N. Vietnam of a highly desirable large shrub, grown principally for foliage effect. Leathery leaflets are of a thicker texture than S. alpina and radiate in groups of five from long petioles and heads of dark purple flowers in early autumn make way for bloomy black fruit. One of the hardier species, favouring upland areas in the wild. This collection from 2380m alt.