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Last updated 26/3/20 10:28.
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
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.
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