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Description: I am always puzzled why such an ornamental tree as this is not in cultivation. We saw hundreds on our last Himalayan expeditions in Sikkim and West Bengal, even at high altitude. Slowly forming superb large shrubs, even a tree in a lifetime, with one of the most ornamental of simple (opposed to compound) leaves held on long petioles. Reminiscent to a dinner plate with a couple of notches, more pronounced tri-lobbed on mature specimens, to around 30cm across, depending on exposure and moisture of the soil. Like its relative, ivy it has learnt to adapt, hence suitable for many situations. The black-purple fruit is born in large red stalked panicles terminally. Easily grown in a drained humus rich soil, best grown out of strong winds, grows faster in warm sun, but can adapt to shadier sites.
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