Akebia quinata

2 lt pot (60cm cane) £24.99
available to order from late summer
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Akebia quinata chocolate vine: Beautiful maroon-chocolate flowers with an exotic spicy fragrance.

This climber is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.

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

    A very pretty semi-evergreen climber, with beautiful maroon-chocolate flowers that have a spicy fragrance with just a hint of vanilla. Appearing in spring, they stand out against the bright green, three-lobed leaves, which have a purple tinge in winter. It's excellent for training against a wall or over a pergola, and in warmer years, it can produce large sausage-shaped fruits - if you have 2 plants of the same species that can cross-pollinate.

  • Garden care: Prune back after flowering where necessary.

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Notes on Akebia quinata

"Excellent for growing over a sturdy trellis or left to scramble though shrubs and small trees"

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An all-round performer


Received really healthy substantial plants, ready to send out shoots to cover an ugly wall. Along with the delicious, chocolate scented purple flowers, the leaves, which stick around until replaced with new ones in the Spring, are very attractive too. It's very vigorous so I'm keeping an eye on it, but it's worth the effort of a light prune from time to time. Really happy with this plant.




Grown in a pot


Planted in a large pot, to be grown over an arch. Nothing over the winter, but in late spring, went berserk and climbed all over the arch. We then moved house and it was a hell of a job untangling it, but I was determined to take it with me. It sulked for a few months, but is now thriving and is bigger than ever. Looking forward to seeing flowers and scent.


West Wales


Top quality


Crocus top again




Beautiful plant and intend buying again later this year


Bought to grow up an arch/. Just getting established

HK Fenland

East Anglia


Highly recommended climber


Gorgeous vigorous climber, growing beautifully up a new pergola in the garden.


West Midlands


The plant has taken well with massive growth.


Arrived in good condition. Planted in a large bottomless pot as site compacted with tree roots. Has made a lot of growth but not yet flowered.




One to watch


Planted last year and has flourished so I eagerly wait to see flowers this year.




Whether you like chocolate or not!???!


I have placed this to climb a trellis by our front entrance.


SOUTHPORT, .Merseyside. N W England


Always a great company to buy from


For a pot under a bedroom window


High wycombe


Just arrived.


I have just received my Akebia Quinata!I only ordered it a few days ago,so I'm very pleased with the speedy delivery,I received a text yesterday to say it was arriving.and even around what time,and it DID arrive at the time stated. The plant is looking great so far,I didnt expect it to be so well grown!Absolutely thrilled!I cant wait till next year to se how it grows!It was good to see the review that it might not flower for the first year.So thank you reviewer!





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Hi , Would an akebia quinata grow well in a large pot climbing up our north west facing wall? Would it cause any damage to the wall? Thank you.


This is a large climber, and therefore, it will not be very happy if it is couped up in a pot for any length of time. As for damaging the wall, you will need to install either some trellis or a network of wires for it to twine its stems around, but other than that it should not cause any damage.


Would a fan type trellis on a very sunny garage wall be suitable for this plant to grow on or would it need a larger trellis?

Sweet Lily

This plant gets really large, so if you have a sunny wall for it, I would advise putting up a series of stout wires that it can climb through.


I bought one of these a couple of months ago. The leaves seem to be developing a white powdery mould and then the leaves develop black patches - any ideas for curing this?


Hello, These plants are prone to powdery mildew, which is a fungal disease. The best way to treat it organically is to remove and destroy all the fallen leaves in autumn to stop it overwintering, and make sure the plant is kept well watered. You can also try to improve the air circulation around the crown of the plant. Alternatively, you can spray with a suitable fungicide.


Good morning How closely should these be planted to self-fertilise please? Appreciate your help Gill


Hello, There are no hard and fast rules as it just needs the bees to pass freely between the two plants (an bees can forage over a large area). Do keep in mind however that we do need a really long summer for them to fruit well.


I have a small south facing garden in london. I'd like to reserve my west facing wall for fruit such as fig and apricot. Would the akebia be happy on an east facing fence?


Hello, Yes, these plants are quite happy in partial shade, so an East-facing wall would be suitable.


Hi, I have this plant and love it - it even fruited this year! A relative would like one. If I order from you can she plant in December or should it winter in a greenhouse then go out? Many thanks, Helen


Hello, These plants are fully hardy, so I would advise that it is planted straight out in the garden.


can I plant this in a large pot


Hello there This is quite a large climber which would be happier grown in the ground in a sheltered garden, but if the pot is large enough and you keep it well watered and fed, it is worth a try. HoPe this helps.

We live just North of York and would like to plant a Chocolate Vine against a North facing wall. The area is fairly sheltered but will a Chocolate vine be able to cope this far North and against a North facing wall


Hello, it is very difficult to be specific as you may have a sheltered garden, or live in an area that has a milder micro-climate than the surrounding area. If however you have quite an exposed garden, or if your soil remains heavy and wet in winter, I would look for something tougher. I would also recommend finding a sunnier wall for it if you can, as although it will grow in a North-facing aspect, it is not going to flower well unless it gets more sun.


I have one of these, but it didnt flower at all. What can I do to get the best out of it? Its planted through a climbing rose in a mostly sunny aspect. Thank you.


Hello, Plants often take a year or two to settle in, as when newly planted, they will often concentrate on putting on root and leaf growth. If yours is well established now (and it is getting plenty of sun, water and nutrients), then you can often give them a bit of a push in the right direction by feeding them with sulphate of potash.


Advice on climbers please Hi, I need to find climbing plants for the length of a 2m high wood panel fence with concrete posts. I haven't measured the entire length but I would estimate around 15m. It is South facing and on a side of the garden that gets a lot of sun in the summer, the soil is clay and tends to dry out. I have no idea how many plants I would need to cover the entire fence (I am notoriously bad at judging the spread of a plant and always end up with an overcrowding problem). I am looking for something to deter anyone from climbing over the fence, yet ideally something that won't be treacherous to deal with myself (if such a plant exists!). Climbing roses are the first to spring to mind and if I were to go down that route I would definitely opt for white or cream flowers. I have had a look at the white climbing roses on your site but am unsure whether they will be happy in our soil, as you specify 'moist, well-drained' humus rich soil. I would also like to get an evergreen climber for the rear fence (+/- 5m long). I am not concerned whether this flowers or not, and I am less concerned about this being a 'thief-deterrent'. The soil is the same,- lots of clay, which plants seem to like, but it is very hard to work with and dries out easily in the summer. Any advice gratefully accepted! Best regards, Heather


Hello Heather, Unfortunately there are no plants that will deter intruders without being difficult to deal with, and the best plants are those with thorns like the roses. It sounds like roses will certainly grow in your soil, but ideally you should dig in lots of composted organic matter and then make sure they are kept well watered in summer. It can be difficult to see a small plant and imagine how big it will grow to eventually, however we do give all this information on each plant card, which hopefully should help. You will find it just to the right of the pictures at the top of the pages. If you click on the following rose, you will see it has an eventual height and spread of 10 x 6 m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/rambling-roses/climbers/rosa-filipes-kiftsgate/classid.1280/ while this one will only grow to 3 x 2m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/climbers/climbing-roses/rosa-climbing-iceberg/classid.1181/ I would pick the one you like the look of and then you will be able to establish how many you need to fill your fence. As for the evergreens, if you click on the following link it will take you to our full range of evergreen or semi-evergreen climbers that will grow in clay soils, but the same rules apply re preparing the soil and watering. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.9/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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