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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
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Leaves to 10cm (4in) long composed of 3 broadly ovate, shallowly-lobed leaflets.
  • Purple
    Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
  • Height
    10m (33ft)
  • 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 fruit to 12cm (5in) long.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy 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)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

AKEBIA trifoliata

 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    To ensure cross-pollination grow 2 plants of the same species (not of the same clone).
    Medicinal properties
    Pests & Diseases
    None.
    Place of origin
    China, Japan
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Racemes
    Pendent racemes to 12cm (4¾in) 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
  • Seasonal Interest
    Spring
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
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