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Cream-flowered Chocolate Vine

Akebia quinata 'Cream-flowered'

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

The oval-shaped fruit can be harvested once ripe. Although edible - it is not very tasty, with seeds embedded into the flesh similar to kiwi.

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A close up of the cream coloured flower of Akebia quinata 'Cream-flowered'
A close up of the cream coloured flower of Akebia quinata 'Cream-flowered'

Cream-flowered Chocolate Vine Overview

Akebia quinata 'Cream-flowered' is a vigorous semi-evergreen climber, that produces cream coloured flowers above bright green foliage. The flowers have a slight scent that smells like chocolate, which has lead the plant to gain the common name of the Chocolate Vine. Generally pest and disease free, this plant will thrive in most locations and can be hard pruned back to the ground every winter. Training wires will be needed as this plant does not cling, but it will quickly cover up unattractive objects and fences.

How to propagate Cream-flowered Chocolate Vine


Take 15cm (6 inch) softwood cuttings in spring and grow in a humid and warm spot until rooted.


Soak seeds in water and let stand 24 hours. Cold stratify by sealing seeds in a zip loc bag, along with a handful of moist vermiculite. Refrigerate 30-60 days. Sow 3/4 inch deep in soil mix of sand and loam. Likes full sun - keep lightly moist - not wet. Germination usually occurs within 2-3 weeks.


Special features of Cream-flowered Chocolate Vine

Attractive flowers

Ground cover

This plant can be trained up structures or left to scramble over the ground.

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Cream-flowered Chocolate Vine

Plant in wall side borders where it can grow away or in borders with a trellis or tree it can climb up or through. Use with caution in an allergen-free garden. OPALS rating 4