Chocolate Vine 'Shirobana'
Akebia quinata 'Shirobana'
Also known as
Five Leaf Akebia 'Shirobana'
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5 years to reach maturity
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 in the winter.
Propagate by seed in the autumn or spring,
Take semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.
Special features of Chocolate Vine 'Shirobana'
Can be trained up walls and fences.
Other uses of Chocolate Vine 'Shirobana'