Chocolate Vine

Akebia trifoliata

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A purple fruit hanging on a Akebia trifoliata branch with some green leaves
profile iconAkebia trifoliata
by 小石川人晃 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
1 of 5
Akebia trifoliata is a deciduous, strong-growing, climber in the Lardizabalaceae family. It produces varieable-shaped leaves in spring coloured a beautiful bronze shade. Foliage slowly turns dark green and cascades of deep red-purple, cup-shaped flowers appear in spring. Leading on to purple sausage-shaped fruits.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

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

A perfect climber for wall side borders or borders provided there is a trellis or tree for it to scramble up.

Personality

Family

Lardizabalaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Red

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest & disease free