Chocolate Vine

Akebia quinata

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A vigorous semi-evergreen climber with spicy vanilla scented cup-shaped creamy white flowers with purple centres in spring. attractive palmate leaves which may be followed by large, sausage-shaped fruits.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed

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

Origin

Asia, Eurasia

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

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

Personality

Family

Lardizabalaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Red, White

Scent

Strong

Problems

Generally pest & disease free
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