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Chocolate Vine

Akebia quinata

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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








6 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Generally not harvested.

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A close up of some Akebia quinata plant leaves
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A close up of some purple white Akebia quinata fruits and green leaves
Some Akebia quinata with green leaves and purple blooms
A group of purple flowers on a Akebia quinata plant

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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.


    Take 15cm (6 inch) softwood cuttings in spring and grow in a humid and warm spot until rooted.

    Special features of Chocolate Vine

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive fruits

    Attractive leaves

    Ground cover

    This plant can be trained up structures or left to scramble over the ground.

    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. Use with caution in an allergen-free garden. OPALS rating 4