Akebia quinata, the Chocolate Vine, is a beautiful semi-evergreen climber. Attractive dark green leaves with a blue-green underside, purple tinged in winter. 'Chocolate fragrant' racemes of purple flowers which after a good summer can be followed by large pink fruit (not edible). Fast growing and so ideal for covering a fence or trellis quickly. Will grow best in full sun and free draining soil; keep well watered until established.
- Position: full sun to part shade out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
- Soil: all soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering
- Eventual Size: up to 5 metres, but can be pruned
- Habit: Climbing
- Foliage: Semi-evergreen
- Common Names: Chocolate Vine
No regular pruning needed. However trimming may be required to keep them to the space available, removing as much from the longer shoots as necessary.
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