Akebia quinata fruit. Chocolate vine

September 16, 2009
Akebia quinata flower

Akebia quinata flower

Akebia quinata

Common name: Chocolate Vine (5 leaflets)

A fast growing semi-evergreen twining woody vine, with lovely, lush green rounded leaves with 5 leaflets, underside of leaves blue-green colour, tinged purple in winter.

Produces clusters of small trailing chocolate purple coloured spicy, vanilla fragrant flowers. The small three petaled flowers bloom from March to April.

Akebia quinata seed pods

Akebia quinata seed pods

After a long hot summer the 5 inch – 9cm long purple-violet sausage shaped edible fruits split open when ripe in early autumn.

Akebia quinata spliting seed pod

Akebia quinata splitting seed pod

Two varieties of Akebia must be planted in order to obtain fruits.

An unusual and delightful climbing plant.

Fully hardy can withstand temp down to -15°C

Akebia quinata seeds

Akebia quinata seeds

Lightly cover the seeds with a mixture of loamy soil and coarse sand.

Keep lightly moist.  May take 1 – 3 months to gernminate.

Fast growing.  Full sun or partial sun. Hardy to 24 degrees.

* Common name: Chocolate Vine.

* Position: Sun or partial shade.

* Soil: Moist yet well drained, fertile soil.

* Hardiness: Hardy. Akebia quinata is semi-evergreen and will drop its leaves in a cold winter.

* Flowering Period: April – May.

* Rate of Growth: Vigorous.

* Habit: Large climbing plant which requires support as it will not self-cling. Height: 8 – 10 m (26 – 32 ft) Spread: 2 m (6 ft)

* Notes: Akebia quinata is ideal for climbing up trellis or supporting wires on a wall or fence.

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