Akebia quinata
  • Akebia quinata
  • Akebia quinata
  • Akebia quinata - flowering in early May

Akebia quinata


(Chocolate Vine) Akebia quinata is a vigorous and semi-evergreen climber with bright green leaves and clusters of small trailing, chocolate-purple flowers in spring.

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A vigorous and semi-evergreen climber, Akebia quinata has lovely lush green leaves and clusters of small trailing, chocolate-purple flowers in spring. These colourful flowers are followed by dark-purple, sausage-like fruits after long hot summers.

Akebia quinata is an unusual and charming climbing plant. As a semi-evergreen plant it can keep all its leaves in a mild winter but after a cold snap or severe winter, dropping some or all of the leaves is not unusual.

  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Moist yet well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Akebia quinata is semi-evergreen and will drop its leaves in a cold winter.
  • Flowering Period: April - May.
  • Flower Colour: Dark purple
  • Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
  • Habit: Akebia quinata grows to be a medium sized or eventually large climbing plant which requires support as it will not self-cling.
    • Height: 6 m (20 ft)
    • Spread: 2 m (6 ft)
  • Notes: Akebia quinata is ideal for climbing up trellis or supporting wires on a wall or fence.
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Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade, Shade
Mature Size
Climber - Large (over 20 ft), Climber - Medium (10 - 20 ft)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Acid, Special: Coastal Areas, Soil Type: Damp / Wet, Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline
Special Features
Evergreen, Flowering Season - Spring (March - May), Leaf Shape - Unusual or Large, Honey Fungus Resistant

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