- Akebia trifoliata (Three Leaf Akebia)
- Semi-ripe fruit (“blue cucumbers,” giving the plant one of its German common names)
- Akebia quinata
Red-brown clusters in early spring, only perceived from close-up. The bizarre, edible fruit develop - if at all - only in the warmer wine-growing regions.
Best to use a vertical system with wire ropes at intervals of approx. 25cm. Horizontal wires require weaving in of the shoots. See below for suitable systems. Medium, better Heavy Duty Growth Support Systems, for pot plants a Light system is adequate.
Prune to thin out every 2-3 years; occasional rigorous pruning of single shoots in early spring will encourage new shoots from the base.