Akebia quinata

2 lt pot (60cm cane) £24.99
available to order from autumn
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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its amazing. the scent wafts as you pass and swirls round.


wrapped round a post up 10 ft high attached to gazebo seating. there really are no negatives to this climbing vine. The smell is exquisite with dark plum/purple 'flowers'. Every year tie it round furthermore.

amanda r



Beautiful climbing and cascading plant


Growth speedy and required tying in but it will twirl and attach to frame. Overwintered well but not fully evergreen. Spring flowers so delicate.




Happy with the product


Planted and did flower this year, hoping for a good show next year




Nice Akebia


Bought two years ago to climb eight ft trellis. Has now reached the top and spread. Just what I wanted.

Keen gardener


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.





4.7 15


My chocolate vine is growing well at the top part and is putting out new shoots, but the bottom half looks very sad with black spots appearing on the leaves, and many of the leaves falling off. Do you have any suggestions as to what to do - could it need feeding, and if so, what should I use? Many thanks.


Sounds like your plant has been affected by our rather strange spring conditions with the black spots indicating a fungal issue arising from the cold, damp conditions in May. It is good to hear it has responded with strong growth though. I'd recommend Maxicrop organic original seaweed extract - available on our website. Feel free to send some photos to customerservices@crocus.co.uk for the team to have a look, if you could mention you posted here first and also provide your order number - that would be great, thank you.


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.


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