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Commonly known as Chocolate vine

Genus of about 5 species of deciduous or semi-evergreen twining climbers from forest margins in eastern Asia.

The common name comes from the vanilla/chocolate spicy scent.

It has become naturalised in the eastern USA and is hardy in milder parts of the UK

Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - or semi evergreen.
  • Climber - Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging - twining habit. Produces unusual sausage-shaped, fleshy, purple fruits.
  • Against a wall - or into tree or over pergola.
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - require warm springs and long, hot summers to fruit well.
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of origin - eastern Asia.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -

Buy Varieties of AKEBIA

AKEBIA longeracemosa

AKEBIA longeracemosa  >

Commonly known as: Chocolate vine, Long-racemed akebia.
Fragrant dark purple-red flowers in spring borne in pendulous racemes up to 15cm long
£20.00 each
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Available autumn 2020 -

AKEBIA x pentaphylla

AKEBIA x pentaphylla  >

Commonly known as: Chocolate vine.
A cross between A.quinata and A.trifoliata with dark purple flowers. Rare in cultivation
£20.00 each

AKEBIA quinata

AKEBIA quinata  >

Commonly known as: Chocolate vine.
Semi-evergreen climber with reddish purple fragrant flowers
£16.00 each

AKEBIA quinata 'Alba'

AKEBIA quinata 'Alba'  >

Commonly known as: Chocolate vine.
Unusual delicate creamy-white flowered variety which makes a pleasant contrast to the more common dark form
£18.00 each

AKEBIA trifoliata

AKEBIA trifoliata  >

Commonly known as: Chocolate vine.
3 rounded leaflets which open bronze and then turn dark glossy green. Purple flowers in long pendent racemes
£20.00 each
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Available autumn 2020 -

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