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Akebia quinata - Chocolate vine

Five leaf akebia: the fruits have many minerals

Akebia quinata - Chocolate vine


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Product information "Akebia quinata - Chocolate vine"

Akebia quinata 'Chocolate vine', also known as five leaf akebia, has compound leaves with five leaflets. It is a climbing plant that forms beautiful, violet flowers in May from which edible, cucumber-shaped fruits develop. This climber forms both male and female flowers. The female flowers are violet and have an interesting shape; the smaller male flowers are pink. The flowers are clustered and chocolate-scented.
This shrub of Asian origin (Japan, China and Korea) grows to approx. 6 m in height and is excellent for growing on arbours, trellises, pergolas or fences. It may take up to two years for the plant to establish itself and develop into a fast growing climbing plant.
'Chocolate vine' prefers a partially shaded location in the garden. The soil should be loamy and permeable with a high content of organic matter. This plant is adaptable and also grows in sandy, less moist soils.
Pruning can be done every 2-3 years in order to thin the plant out, however this is not necessarily required. If individual shoots are cut in early spring, the budding will be promoted in the basal region and bare spots will be prevented.

Overview of Akebia quinata

  • Growth: Climbing plant
  • Final size: 6 m high and 4 m wide
  • Flowers: Violet, May
  • Leaves: Green, stay on the plant in mild locations
  • Use: Pergola, privacy protection
  • Speciality: Edible fruits, pleasant fragrance
Akebia - classic traditional Asian medicine
It is regarded as analgesic and antipyretic, moreover, it is said to promote wound healing. It looks appetising and is slightly laxative. Akebia quinata is also known to fight fungal and bacterial infections.
  • Flowering Period April
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period September, October
  • Final height 3m to 7.5m
  • Final width 3m to 4m
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Use for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour purple/violet
  • Leaf Colour green
  • Lubera Selection This plant is an exclusive launch from Lubera. Lubera searches worldwide for new varieties and species that will make gardening more exciting and easier! We encounter new products again and again that we can exclusively bring to the market after intensive testing.

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Sep 22, 2019

Akebia quinata - Chocolate vine (John Wood)

How hardy is this? Will it tolerate frost? Is it easily damaged by wind and rain?

Sep 26, 2019

Akebia quinata - Chocolate vine (Lubera)

Hi John Wood, Akebia is hardy to -20 degree and tolerates wind and rain. Best regards

Nov 28, 2017

How easy is it to control? (Suella Postles)

Akebia quinata is listed in the National Pest Plant Accord list which identifies pest plants that are prohibited from sale, commercial propagation, and distribution across New Zealand.

Nov 28, 2017

How easy is it to control? (Sonja Dreher)

it has to be cut regularly so it does not get out of control.
It is very vigrous.
But if your country has it on a list of pest plants and it is prohibited, I would not buy one.
Here in EU countries it is not prohibited. But it is on the Warning list.
The good thing is, it seldomly making seeds in our climate.

kind regards
your Lubera Team

Sep 1, 2017

Fruit (Crissi)

At what stage is the fruit edible/ safe to eat... ours havè already slit open...

Aug 23, 2015

Akebia quinata (Michael Hirst)

I have read elsewhere that in order to ensure cropping it is necessary to have two varieties of the Chocolate Vine, in order that they cross pollinate - is this your experience with the variety you supply? Thank you

May 30, 2016

Akebia quinata (R Ludlow)
says:, followed by large, sausage-shaped fruits, if cross-pollinated by another clone
so yes, you or a close neighbour need another variety.

Jan 3, 2015

Does it taste like cocoa? (Esther)

Hello, Sorry if this is a stupid question, but why is this called "chocolate vine"? It's visibly not a cocoa plant. But does the taste remind you of cocoa? What is the taste like? Is it good raw? Is it better when cooked? Thanks in advance. E

Jan 30, 2015

"Akebia quinata - Chocolate vine (Sonja Hnedrischke)


The fruits have a sweet, fruity taste.
They are suitable for fresh consumption or for the juice and jam production.
In Japan and China, the young shoots are eaten as vegetables.

Kind regards
Your lubera team

Oct 2, 2014

chocoate vine (ann ismail)

how do you eat it ,do you have to cook it or eat it raw thank you

Oct 6, 2014

Akebia (Sonja)


the fruits of the Akebia can be eaten raw without the peel, just like a Kiwi.
You don't Need to cook it.

Kind regards
Your Lubera Team