Akebia quinata

Akebia quinata

Description: An unusual twining, semi-evergreen climber. The intriguing maroon- chocolate flowers have an interesting spiced fragrance with a hint of vanilla and appear in spring. The flowers are shown to their best against the 5 lobed leaves. The leaves can become tinged purple in winter. Flowers are followed by pale purple oblong sausage – shaped fruits up to 10cm long.

An intriguing plant which is ideal for climbing through a deciduous tree an also useful for trellis, walls and informal plantings.

Climate / Position: Partial shade – full sun.

Height / Spread: Height up to 10m. Spread up to 5m.

Soil Requirements: Moist but well drained soil. Benefits from a mulch in spring.

Pruning: None required. Overgrown plants can be pruned back hard.

Special Requirements: Grow 2 plants to ensure cross pollination for sausage fruits.