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A picture of a Chocolate Vine 'Shirobana'

Chocolate Vine 'Shirobana'

Akebia quinata 'Shirobana'

Also known as

Five Leaf Akebia 'Shirobana'

Photo by Tynings-Climbers (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

7m

4.5m

Min

2m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Chocolate Vine 'Shirobana' Overview

Akebia quinata 'Shirobana' is a white-flowered version of the Chocolate Vine with dark green leaves that are blue-green underneath and have a tinge of purple in winter. This cultivar is semi-evergreen and may lose its foliage in cold weather. The flowers form pendant racemes up to 12cm long, have a strong spicy vanilla scent and are creamy-white. The fruits are themselves ornamental as well as edible being large and sausage-shaped, with a sweet taste. In Chinese traditional medicine, the stems are used as a remedy for insufficient lactation in nursing mothers. This plant is occasionally sold as Akebia quinata 'Alba'.

How to propagate Chocolate Vine 'Shirobana'

Layering

Layering in the winter.

Seed

Propagate by seed in the autumn or spring,

Cuttings

Take semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Special features of Chocolate Vine 'Shirobana'

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Ground cover

Can be trained up walls and fences.

Other uses of Chocolate Vine 'Shirobana'

Screening, fragrance