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Akebia Quinata (Chocolate Vine)

CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394

Does anyone grow this?  Is it large/invasive? Are you happy with it?  Does it smell nice?  

Thanks for sharing your experience of this plant.

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  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,829

    It can get big. If the stems lie on the ground they will root as they go. I have never been able to discern any scent at all.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    Yes, Yes, no, never seen any flowers yet image (years).

    When we went to West Acre Gardens we saw some in fruit, but it's very sheltered there, never seen them before or since

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394

    Ack, the search continues then.  Doesn't match the needs of my bare spot (if you pardon the expression!).

    Thanks both.

  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,667

    I have one, it's loaded with flowers at the moment but it's too far from the path to detect any smell.  It's a useful shade climber to cover/soften a bare fence.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394

    That's what I'm after: a useful shade climber, evergreen (or semi), to soften a bare fence visible from the house.  Not much of a bare fence tho' but there is another spot I have in mind for such a thing.

    Any chance of a pic Yviestevie? (of the plant, not you!) image

    Also how far South are you (for reference - you can be general).

    Thanks.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,829

    We are in the very West Midlands almost in Wales and in a frost pocket (with a vengeance, latest frost we have had was July 7th one year). Our Akebia has been in for 20 years and has flowered and stayed evergreen with no trouble. It does cover a 12 foot long by 6 feet high trellis. We had to cut it down considerably recently after Doris blew down the support, but it has begun to grow back very quickly. This would be the second or third time we have had to really hard prune it. It flowers in about a months time for us, usually. Never seen fruit though.

    Last edited: 27 March 2017 09:00:44

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