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  • chocolate vine
  • Eventual height: 10m
  • Eventual spread: 2m

Akebia quinata

chocolate vine

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2 lt pot (60cm cane) £19.99
2 lt pot (60cm cane) £19.99
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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 an 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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