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Akebia quinata ‘Alba’

For sale by Rachel the Gardener

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Vigorous hardy climber, semi-evergreen with very attractive five-lobed leaves: this is the white-flowered version of the popular Chocolate Vine. Flowers appear in spring, and are creamy white with a vanilla scent. In hot summers, they are followed by sausage-shaped fruits.

Climbs by way of twining tendrils, so if you give it a little support when small, it will soon get the idea and head for the heavens.

I also have the "ordinary" purple flowered version (which I prefer) for sale.

Pot SizeTotal Price
2 litres
1 litre

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Grower Notes

Full sun preferred, well drained fertile soil preferred, but actually it's a bit of a thug and will do well almost anywhere!

Pruning is not necessary, unless it outgrows the space, in which case just cut it back in early summer - after flowering - and let it regrow.

Plant Finder: about Akebia quinata ‘Alba’

Common names

Chocolate Vine, Five Leaf Akebia


Akebia quinata ‘Alba’ (Chocolate Vine). This is a white flowered version of the Chocolate Vine with dark green leaves that are blue-green underneath and have a tinge of purple in winter. The flowers form pendent racemes up to 12cm long, have a strong spicy vanilla scent and are creamy-white. The fruits are themselves ornamental as well as edible being large and sausage-shaped, with a sweet taste. In Chinese traditional medicine, the stems are used as a remedy for insufficient lactation in nursing mothers.


Adaptable but resents root disturbance

Interest and use

Screening, fragrance

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Akebia quinata  ‘Alba’ | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

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