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Akebia quinata ‘Alba’

Chocolate Vine

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to May
  • Height6m
  • Spread2m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitScrambling or scandent
  • Flower ColourCreamy white
  • Leaf ColourDark green/blue-green

Description

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.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Climber

Other common names

Five Leaf Akebia

Origin

China, Japan, Korea

Interest and use

Screening, fragrance

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Adaptable but resents root disturbance

Propagation

Propagate by seed in the autumn or spring, by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer or by layering in the winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free

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