Very healthy climbing plant. Much appreciated for its delicate leaves and long lasting foliage. Low-maintenance, almost no pruning necessary, ideal for high greening, drainpipes, plant walls, canopies and so on...
Also known as Chocolate Vine, Akebia (lat. Akebia quinata and Akebia trifoliata).
A sunny to (semi-)shaded position, warm and preferably protected from wind. Sandy, well-drained loam with plenty of nutrients and humus and regular water provision. Distance from plant to plant: 1 - 2.5 meters. >>> Price
This twiner's initial growth is rather slow, but with good care will display dense foliage after 2-3 years. Suckers can make up for the bare lower stems. A good watering regime and relatively mild weather will ensure the foliage will last well into winter. In warmer climates such as wine-growing regions, the plant is semi-evergreen. Red-brown flower clusters in early spring, only perceived from close-up. The bizarre, edible fruit develop - if at all - only in the warmer wine-growing regions.Prune to thin out every 2-3 years; occasional rigorous pruning of single shoots in early spring will encourage new shoots from the base.
Use a trellis with vertical lines that are approx. 25cm apart from each other. With horizontal lines it would be necessary to weave the shoots by hand. Look at the bottom of the page to find suitable cable systems. Medium or Heavy Duty Growth Support Systems or better massive systems for high greening areas. Light systems may be suitable for pot plants.