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Akebia quinata

Chocolate vine

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

An unusual climber, best grown in for warmer gardens since the flowers are prone to damage from late frosts. The maroon-chocolate flowers look almost artificial, with three thick, waxy 'petals' forming an inverted cup shape. These are clustered along the stems and have an exotic spicy fragrance with a hint of vanilla. They stand out against a background of light purple, three-lobed leaves, most colourful in full sun. In mild conditions the leaves last all winter but in cold areas expect them to be shed. After a particularly warm summer, large sausage-shaped fruit dangle enticingly from the stems.

Family: Lardizabalaceae

Genus: Akebia

Species: quinata

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 500cm


Reader reviews

carol1951

too big for my garden, any ideas?


Annie Lee Cummins

I personally would not have one again.I planted this over a pergola about five years ago,which contained a beautiful David Austin rose,Honeysuckle & Mrs Bateman Clematis.While it started off looking & smelling very nice,it has turned into a 'beast' & is strangling everything in site! It also sends out runners along the ground which invade everything & are difficult to remove -no amount of cutting back,seems to kill it,so if anyone has any ideas of how to depose of it I would be very grateful.x


Linda Gruchy

I planted one and it's a rampant thug. The flowers are disappointingly small. I have decided to keep it cut very hard back.


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