Chocolate Vine

Chocolate Vine

A rare treat.

 
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This elegant vine is worth snapping up. The soft, vanilla scented, chocolate red flowers open in trailing bunches of up to 20cm. The dainty foliage grows alongside, on the fast, twining tendrils. It is simple to grow and care for and wonderfully graceful in form. You could grow it up a trellis, shrub, fence, obelisk or pergola. It will even ramble freely through the garden as a form of ground cover, climbing whatever it comes across.
The dainty foliage is deeply divided into five, mid green, rounded leaflets. They grow alternately along the twining stems. Here in the Dandenong Ranges it remains evergreen but in cold climates they may be herbaceous, they are hardy to -10C. The leaves can turn purple through winter, but we haven’t noticed that on ours.
Akebia longeracemosa is commonly known as Chocolate Vine or Long Racemed Akebia. It is native to Taiwan and SE China.
Plant into a sun to part shade or filtered light position with protection from the hot afternoon sun. They aren’t shy of heat though and can flower better after a long, hot summer. They aren’t much bother and will only need a light prune after flowering to tidy. They can fruit (sweet, edible) in autumn, but need two different varieties/seedlings and are best to be hand pollinated, there are male and female flowers on the same raceme.


Supplied as: Pots
Size: 10 cm

Code

AKLCV

Botantical name

Akebia longeracemosa

Height

3-15m

Width

30-100cm

Flowers

Spring to Summer

Climate

Cool to Sub-Tropical

Availability

Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Fully Hardy

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Pots

Size

10 cm

Water needs

2