From China. Vigorous, twining vine with leaves like those of wisteria: shiny, leathery, divided into many leaflets. In fall, bears tight clusters of dark purple-red flowers with odor of cedar and camphor; unlike those of true wisteria, they stand atop the foliage. Usually described as reaching 15 ft., butlike wisteriacan attain great size. Grows extremely fast; once established, can overwhelm trees if permitted to climb into them. Best used as cover for large arbor, pergola, or chain-link fence. Evergreen in the Tropical South, deciduous elsewhere.
M. taiwanensis is a newer intro- duction, similar in appearance but more cold hardy and less vigorous, increasing its range into the Middle South.