Position: Full sun to partial shade
Flowering period: Spring
Soil: Moist, well drained
Eventual Height: 9m
Eventual Spread: 6m
Hardiness: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Akebia trifoliata is a fast growing deciduous climber/ wall shrub. Its mid green leaves are composed of thee leaflets. Each leaflet is ovate with entire margins. Its dark purple monoecious flowers appear as short racemes and are not self fertile. Its pale purple fruits are ovoid, up to 12cm long, 4cm broad, appear in autumn and split open to reveal fleshy pulp.
Akebia trifoliata, commonly known as the Three Leaf Akebia, is native to China, Japan and Korea. In its native habitat it grows in semi deciduous forests and forest margins.
The etymological root of the binomial name Akebia is derived from the Japanese Akebi, the name for this plant. Trifoliata is derived from the Latin meaning ‘three leaved’.
The landscape architect may find Akebia trifoliata useful as a wall trained shrub or climber, it requires climbing supports.
Ecologically, Akebia trifoliata fruit are attractive to some birds and mammals.
Akebia trifoliata prefers moist, fertile, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.
Akebia trifoliata requires little maintenance. Pruning, if necessary, should be carried out after flowering.