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botanical name:
Akebia quinata
Akebia quinata © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Chocolate Vine
family:  Lardizabalaceae
characteristics: climber, semi-evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 10.00m
width: 10.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: twining
leaf colour: green
flower colour: purple
fruit colour: violet
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -25°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
Vigorous climber with thin but strong and wiry, twining stems. Attractive palmate leaves, usually semi-evergreen. Vanilla scented purplish flowers in spring. Sausage shaped fruits may follow, but not always produced in cultivation.

Any moist, well drained soil in sun or part shade. Easy to grow but dislikes root disturbance. Can become invasive. For good fruit production it is probably best to have several plants to enable cross-polination.

From seed, by cuttings or layering.

other notes:
From eastern Asia
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