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Akebia Genus

Chocolate vine

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky

Description

Akebia genus (Chocolate vine). This is a genus of five species of deciduous or semi-evergreen, woody stemmed, twining climbers.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Semi-evergreens, Fragrants

Origin

East Asia, Japan

The name Akebia is a latinised form of the Japanese name 'Akebi' and commonly appears in Japanese literature about pastoral themes.

Interest and use

Grown for their leaves, edible and ornamental fruit, and flowers. Climbing. The leaves are used as a tea and the

Cultivation

Tolerates an east or north facing position. Dislikes disturbance. They will prefer full sun and any well drained soil. If growing fruit is your aim, cross-pollinate between different plants, as individual plants only produce fruit sporadically.

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

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