• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Akebia quinata

Chocolate vine

Chocolate vine

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Chocolate vine
    Akebia

  • Genus 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

  • Family Lardizabalaceae / Lardizabalaceae

  • Species 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

  • Plant range China, Korea, Japan

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Climbing

  • Fragrance Flower

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    8-12 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    wider than 8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation A climber that thrives with any good garden soil and aspect, but resents root disturbance

Propagation Propagate by seed, softwood cuttings or layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 11 after flowering

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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