Apart from having more ‘U’s’ than almost any other plant name that I know this herbaceous perennial climber is a boon to the garden as long as you don’t mind controlling its suckering habit by digging excess out, putting in a root barrier or growing it in a large pot.
It is ideal to grow through a moderately large shrub to add foliage colour or to grow up and over a pergola for passive solar effect. Deciduous climbers tend to give some shade from their bare stems and usually leaf out before they are needed in early spring. So something that can be got rid of each winter is a great idea.
It is grown basically for its lovely golden maple shaped leaves although it isn’t beyond the bounds that hops could be formed so that you can use them in dried flower arrangements or even better still make beer!