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A genus including numerous species of woody, deciduous climbers found in the damp forests and along the waterways of China, Korea and Japan. Green-to-dark green leaves made up of ovate alternate and elliptical leaflets. Starting at the end of spring until summer showy, fragrant, papilionaceous are produced, and are followed by drooping, pod-like, pendulous fruit. A marvellous variety owing to the stupfying beauty of its clusters. Lightviolet, faintly fragrant flowers wich are purple-coloured on the inside. Thay open up progressively from top to botton on clusters which measure from 60 to 120 cm in length. Flowering takes piace relatively earty and begins after or third year.