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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
DeciduousOr semi evergreen.
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 habit. Produces unusual sausage-shaped, fleshy, purple fruits.
Against a wallOr into tree or over pergola.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowRequire warm springs and long, hot summers to fruit well.Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originEastern Asia.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Buy Varieties of AKEBIA
Fragrant dark purple-red flowers in spring borne in pendulous racemes up to 15cm long
a cross between A.quinata and A.trifoliata with dark purple flowers. Rare in cultivation
semi-evergreen climber with reddish purple fragrant flowers
unusual delicate creamy-white flowered variety which makes a pleasant contrast to the more common dark form
3 rounded leaflets which open bronze and then turn dark glossy green. Purple flowers in long pendent racemes