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Commonly known as Chocolate vine
Semi-evergreenKeeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.Rounded leaves 4-8cm (1½-3in) long composed of 5 leaflets.
PurpleShades of purple/mauve/lilac/violetReddish purple
ClimberSome of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clingingTwining climber. Flowers are followed by sausage-shaped fruit to 10cm (4in) long.
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Additional FeaturesGood to knowIntroduced into UK by Robert Fortune in 1845. To ensure cross-pollination grow 2 plants of the same species (not of the same clone).Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originChina, Korea, Japan.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeRacemesPendent racemes to 12cm (4¾in) long
Pruning groupPruning group 6Suitable 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 PlantsScented flowersSpicily fragrant.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Buy Varieties of AKEBIA quinata
unusual delicate creamy-white flowered variety which makes a pleasant contrast to the more common dark form