Broad-spreading tree with a stout trunk and horizontal branches. Huge, tropical-looking, hairy leaves. Large, showy, fragrant, violet-blue flowers with darker spots and yellow throats adorn the bare branches in spring. Withstands moderate frosts and inland salty gales, but not right on the coast. Deciduous tree that grows at a fast rate to reach 8m (H) x 6m (W) in 10 years.