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Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine)

Chocolate fragrance but no temptation to nibble – amazing! This beautiful climber’s flowers, which adorn the plant from March to May, not only have a luxurious spicy scent with a hint of vanilla but produce a fruit, of which the flesh can be eaten! The bright green three lobed leaves will also provide interest in your garden through the winter also as it is semi evergreen and develops a purple tinge in winter. Prefers moist but well-drained soil in sun. Height 10m (33'). Fully hardy perennial.
Flower Colour
Lilac, Purple

Foliage/Stem/Fruit Interest, Scented

Fully hardy perennial


May onwards

Flowering Time
Spring, Summer

Full Sun

10m (30')

Akebia quinata


Moist, fertile, but well drained


Full sun




March to May

Additional Information

Scented, partial evergreen foliage becomes tinged with purple in the winter. Akebia should be planted when all signs of frost have passed. Prune back after flowering where necessary. Propagate by seed in a cold frame in the spring or take softwood cuttings in the summer. Fully hardy perennial.

Delivery Date: 25 Oct 2018 (+/- 14days)
Plant Hardiness

How hardy are our plants?

All our plants have a guideline temperature for how well they will tolerate winter cold.

Fully hardy perennials will withstand temperatures down to -15 °C (5°F) and often lower.
Hardy perennials are happy down to at least -5°C (23°F)
Half hardy perennials can withstand down to around 0°C (32°F)
And Tender perennials may be damaged by temperatures below 5°C (41°F)

Please remember that temperatures can vary significantly within quite a small area, and hardiness can be affected by soil, position and other factors.
If in doubt please give us a call.

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