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Akebia quinata Growing Guide

How to Grow Akebia quinata Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Chocolate Vine

How to Grow Chocolate vine in your Garden

Akebia quinta is a member of the Lardizabalaceae family of plants. It is commonly known as the Chocolate vine.

NOTE: This plant is considered invasive in many parts of the World. ONLY GROW IN THE GARDEN AFTER CHECKING THAT IT IS FINE TO DO SO IN YOUR AREA

This semi-evergreen climbing plant is native to Eastern Asian countries such as China, Korea, and Japan. It carries cup shaped flowers of purple and its fruits are the same colour. Once planted do not disturb its roots.

Chocolate vine

Akebia quinata photograph by Leonora (Ellie) Enking.


Quick Akebia quinata Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Akebia quinata
  • Common Name: Chocolate vine
  • Growing Zone (USA): 4 to 8
  • Life Cycle/Type: Vine

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 240 to 480
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 240 to 480
  • Time of Bloom: spring
  • Color of Bloom: Purple, Red
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • Growth Form: Variable height, Variable spread

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Seed, softwoodcuttings or layering
  • How to Prune: As a vigorous climber it is important to prune back flowers that occur on last years growth following flowering, while flowers on this years growth should be pruned towards the end of winter or in spring. Other than this no need to perform pruning except to keep plants tidy and confined.
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attact:
  • Tolerant of: Deer, Heavy Shade, Erosion
  • Best used in: Arbor
  • Miscellaneous : Non-native to North America, Locally invasive, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Akebia
  • Further Reading: Here and Here


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