Very healthy climbing plant. Much appreciated for its delicate leaves and long lasting foliage. Low-maintenance, almost no pruning necessary. Can be used for a variety of facade planting applications; ideal for high greening, drainpipes, large plant walls, canopies/galleries and so on...
Also known as "chocolate vine," "five-leaf chocolate vine," and "five-leaf akebia" (Latin: Akebia quint // Akebia trifoliata).
A sunny to (semi-) shaded location, warm, and preferably protected from wind. Nutrient-rich, sandy-humid, well-drained soil with regular water provision. Distance from plant to plant: 1 - 2.5 meters. >>> Price
This twiner's initial growth is rather slow, but with care will display dense foliage after 2-3 years, and can grow up to 10 m in height; also has an overhanging (cascading) growth habit. Ground runners can compensate for the bare lower area. A good watering regime and relatively mild weather will ensure that the foliage will last well into winter. In warmer climates, (for example, wine-growing regions), the plant is semi-evergreen. Has red-brown flower tufts/clusters in early spring, only visible at close range. The bizarre, edible fruit develops - if at all - only in the warmer wine-growing regions. Cut every 2-3 years to thin out; occasional rigorous pruning of single shoots in early spring will stimulate new shoots in the base area.
Use a wire rope system with vertical lines that are about 25 cm apart from each other. With horizontal lines, it would be necessary to interlace the shoots into the trellis by hand. See the bottom of the page for suitable cable systems. Use medium or preferably heavy or massive cable systems for high greening areas. Easy and light systems are good for potted plants and/or small areas.