The kolomikta vine is unmistakable with its distinctive leaf colouring. The new leaves open tinged with a purplish-bronze colour and then turn green – some of them developing pink tips, the colouring taking about one-third of the leaf. Some of the leaves may bleach out to white, especially if there is strong sunshine. But too much shade tends to reduce colouring and the ideal is a few hours of sunlight a day, preferably towards the late afternoon.

The kolomikta vine is a true climber on any kind of woody support, but better in gardens on a trellis as it is not a strongly competitive plant. It can grow up to 5m, but usually reaches half that because it finds the summer weather a bit cool here.