Akebia quinata

Akebia quinata

Chocolate vine

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Akebia quinata
  • Common name: Chocolate vine
  • Plant type: Climber

Height: 10m

Spread: 5m

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers, Fruit

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Akebia quinata is an unusual climber, best grown in 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.

Grow Akebia quinata in moist but well-drained soil in full sun, ideally with some shelter provided by a sunny wall. Alternatively grow it in a conservatory or greenhouse.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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