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Other common names
Chocolate vine Akebia
Akebia are vigorous twining, semi-evergreen climbing shrubs, with attractive palmate or trifoliate leaves and racemes of cup-shaped purplish female and smaller male flowers, followed by large, sausage-shaped fruits, if cross-pollinated by another clone
Lardizabalaceae / Lardizabalaceae
A. quinata is a climber with bright green leaves composed of five elliptic or obovate leaflets notched at the tips. Fragrant reddish-purple flowers, with larger females at the base of the raceme, are sometimes followed by purple fruits up to 10cm in length
China, Korea, Japan
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
wider than 8 metres
A climber that thrives with any good garden soil and aspect, but resents root disturbance
Propagate by seed, softwood cuttings or layering
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning group 11 after flowering
Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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