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chocolate vine

Akebia quinata

chocolate vine

Availability: in stock 2 lt pot (60cm cane)

Product description

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: March to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A very pretty climber, this has beautiful maroon-chocolate flowers which have an exotic spicy fragrance with a hint of vanilla, and appear in spring. They stand out against the bright green, three-lobed leaves, which have a purple tinge in winter. This unusual semi-evergreen climber is excellent for training against walls or up a pergola. If we have a warm spring, and then a long hot summer it can have large sausage-shaped fruits, but you do need 2 plants of the same species for fertilisation.

  • Garden care: Prune back after flowering where necessary.

“Excellent for growing over a sturdy trellis or left to scramble though shrubs and small trees”

Lucy Summers - Greenfingers Guides

“This twining climber needs a fertile, garden hotspot on a pergola or arch - but once happy it produces clusters of chocolate-scented, wine-red flowers in spring - view from below!”

Val Bourne - Garden Writer