Shade Loving Climbers – Akebia quinata (chocolate vine)

Akebia quinata or chocolate vine

Trying to find a climbing plant that grows well in shade is not always easy. Here’s one of my favourites, it’s called Akebia quinata or chocolate vine.

It’s a really pretty climber with deep maroon flowers that appear in the spring and have a slightly spicy vanilla fragrance.

It has attractive bright green leaves and is semi-evergreen in mild winters. It’s also a fast growing climber which makes it perfect for covering walls or pergolas. You will need to give it some kind of support however as it’s not self clinging and can eventually grow up to 8 metres in height!


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