Chocolate Vine

An early-flowering climbing plant.
Common name : Chocolate Vine
Scientific name : Akebia spp.
Family : Lardizabalaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
Akebia is a climber native to Asia, not very common in gardens, despite its qualities. It climbs around whatever it finds, like a wisteria and can reach up to ten meters, with palmate leaves - and persistent down to -10 ° C - in April-May it forms flowers with three enveloping sepals that resemble a shell, often of pink-purplish color. The akebia is easy to cultivate, in a slightly rich soil, drained and cool, in full sun or partial shade, on a solid support.

Sowing & planting



Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 200 - 1000
pH 6 - 8

Plant my chocolate vine

Plant between October and the end of March but not during frost periods. Check that the desired location meets the requirements described in the description, and avoid working in soggy soil. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree. Handle the root ball carefully to keep it intact while you place it in the hole. Put your shrub to the correct height, and replace the soil, respecting the order of the layers of possible - bottom layer to top. Tamp regularly. After planting, pour two watering cans at the bottom, then place a good layer of mulch.

Water my chocolate vine

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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