Akebia quinata

chocolate vine

2 litre pot
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£19.99 Buy

This twining climber needs a fertile, garden hotspot on a pergola or arch - but once happy it produces clusters of chocolate-scented, wine-red flowers in spring - view from below!

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: March to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A very pretty climber, this has beautiful maroon-chocolate flowers which have an exotic spicy fragrance with a hint of vanilla, and appear in spring. They stand out against the bright green, three-lobed leaves, which have a purple tinge in winter. This unusual semi-evergreen climber is excellent for training against walls or up a pergola, and in a warm summer, large sausage-shaped fruit can form.

  • Garden care: Prune back after flowering where necessary.

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