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Akebia quinata (Chocolate vine)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
12m
Max height
12m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Akebia quinata

Other names

Chocolate vine

Genus

Akebia Akebia

Species

A. quinata - A. quinata is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen climber with fragrant cup-shaped purple flowers, which may be followed by large, sausage-shaped fruits.


Akebia quinata is: Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers have a strong, spicy, vanilla scent.

Habit

Climbing, Spreading

Flower

Purple in Spring

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation

Sow seed as soon as ripe in containers in a cold frame or in spring after a brief cold period. Layer in winter.

Propagation methods

Layering, Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Akebia quinata (Chocolate vine) will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 12m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Thrives in most good soils and aspects. Plant in the right place, as it dislikes root disturbance.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Akebia quinata

Other names

Chocolate vine

Genus

Akebia Akebia

Species

A. quinata - A. quinata is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen climber with fragrant cup-shaped purple flowers, which may be followed by large, sausage-shaped fruits.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers have a strong, spicy, vanilla scent.

Habit

Climbing, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Purple in Spring

Foliage

Green in All seasons

General care

Propagation

Sow seed as soon as ripe in containers in a cold frame or in spring after a brief cold period. Layer in winter.

Propagation methods

Layering, Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Akebia quinata (Chocolate vine) will reach a height of 12m and a spread of 12m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Thrives in most good soils and aspects. Plant in the right place, as it dislikes root disturbance.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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Chocolate Vine

(10/09/2010)

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