These climbing shrubs have pretty, light greenand carry fragrant purple in the spring. They are vigorous growers, and can reach 8.5m (28 ft). They readily twist their round any vertical supports, and need very little training or . Akebia quinata is the species commonly seen. It keeps its all winter if the weather is mild, or if it is growing in sheltered areas. Akebia trifollata loses its leaves in the autumn, and has smaller flowers, which can be killed by late frost, as it blooms in spring, earlier than A. quinata.
General care: Dislikes full sun.
Plant in any good garden soil against a north- or east-facing fence or wall. Water well in dry spells until it is established. Does not like itsdisturbed, so you should use only -grown plants, and leave the shrub unmoved once it is established. Akebia is not fully hardy, and should be given a frost-free spot if possible. It will need protecting with straw or bracken Ma hard winter, especially when the plant is young.
Propagation: Take semi-hardwood, about 10 cm (4 in) long, in early September, preferably with a ‘heel’ of old wood. Remove some lower leaves. Dip the heel in rooting compound and insert in a 50-50 mixture of peat and sand in a small pot. Cover with a polythene bag until the has taken. Akebia can also be raised from sown in the in September, or by simple carried out in summer.
Pests and diseases: Akebia is generally free from pests and diseases.