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Akebia quinata

Chocolate vine

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to May
  • Height9m to 12m
  • Spread8m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourBrownish purple
  • Leaf ColourPale green, blue-green

Description

Akebia quinata (Chocolate vine). This is a semi-evergreen climber which will flower in late spring. The leaves are pale green maturing to blue-green and divided into 5 leaflets. The flowers are produced in racemes of small, cup-shaped, dark purple blooms and have a vanilla scent. Occasionally, large, sausage shaped purple fruit pods will appear, which are edible.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Semi-evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Japan, Korea, China

Interest and use

Wall or trellis, producing ornamental purple fruit pods in autumn. Spring interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Sandy, Loamy, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Avoid disturbing the roots.

Propagation

By seed, softwood cutting or by layering.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free

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