(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.
- 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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