An unusual, slow growing large shrub or small tree from the far east with a distinctive and attractive growth habit, being layered in its branching. Dark evergreen leaves on spreading branches with fascinating green flowers in erect racemes in May. Leaves can redden significantly in winter, turning green in summer. Kind of like a 'tree ivy' in a weird and wonderful kinda way. Very handsome, very hardy and suited to most soils in sun or semi-shade.