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
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AKEBIA longeracemosa

 
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  • Semi-evergreen Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.
    Rounded leaves composed of 5 leaflets to 9cm (3½in) long
  • Purple Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
    Brownish purple
  • Height
    6m (20ft)
  • 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 climber. Flowers are followed by sausage-shaped, reddish purple fruits
  • Hardy - average winter Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases - trouble free
  • Place of origin
    central to southern China, Taiwan
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Racemes - to 18cm (7in) long
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 6
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
    Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
    When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.

    RHS group 9 & 11
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers - vanilla-scented
  • Seasonal Interest
    Spring
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
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