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.
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
Tolerant of: Deer, Heavy Shade, Erosion
Best Garden Use: Arbor
Closely Related Species:
Miscellaneous: Non-native to North America, Locally invasive, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms