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Chocolate Vine

Akebia quinata

Also known as

Akebia, Five-Leaf, Five-Leaf Akebia

Akebia quinata by Alpsdake (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Generally not harvested.

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Chocolate Vine Overview

Akebia quinata is a vigorous semi-evergreen climber from the Lardizabalaceae family. It produces spicy vanilla-scented, cup-shaped, creamy white to red-purple flowers with purple centres in spring. Commonly known by the names Chocolate Vine, leaves are arranged in a palm-shape, with oblong, notched leaflets and flowers may be followed by large, sausage-shaped fruits. The fruits can measure up to 10cm in length. Grow this hardy plant in full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth.

Common problems with Chocolate Vine

Generally pest & disease free

    How to propagate Chocolate Vine




    Soak seeds in water and let stand 24 hours. Cold stratify by sealing seeds in a zip loc bag, along with a handful of moist vermiculite. Refrigerate 30-60 days. Sow 3/4 inch deep in soil mix of sand and loam. Likes full sun - keep lightly moist - not wet. Germination usually occurs within 2-3 weeks.

    Special features of Chocolate Vine

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive fruits

    Attractive leaves

    Other uses of Chocolate Vine

    Plant in wall side borders where it can grow away or in borders with a trellis or tree it can climb up or through.