The Japanese ally of V. lantanoides (also found in Formosa), needing the same conditions. This also has the showy sterile marginal flowers, but its stems are more uniformly erect. It differs also in the shorter stamens, which are only half the length of the corolla, and in the shape of the furrow in the seed. The foliage turns brilliant scarlet to reddish purple in autumn. It is a bush 12 ft or more high in the wild. Introduced in 1892.