Also known as Chocolate Vine, Akebia (lat. Akebia quinata and Akebia trifoliata). Very healthy climbing plant. Much appreciated for its filigree leaves and long lasting foliage. Low-maintenance, almost no pruning necessary, ideal for high greening, drainpipes, plant walls, canopies and so on..
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 mtrs. >>> 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.
Flower and Fruit
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.
Prune to thin out every 2-3 years; occasional rigorous pruning of single shoots in early spring will encourage new shoots from the base.
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 or Heavy Duty Growth Support Systems or better massive systems for high greening areas. Light systems may be suitable for pot plants.