Small clusters of showy, spicy-scented, chocolate-purple flowers appear before the foliage emerges. A useful vine for fences and trellises or as a ground cover. Green to bluish-green foliage and purple fruit in the fall add all season interest.
Akebia grows best in a rich, moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Prune after flowering to the desired size, and as necessary throughout the season. Akebia can be grown on a wall or trained up a trellis or arbour. In the spring, remove dead twigs to improve overall appearance. Can also be used as a ground cover to hide unsightly tree stumps or rocks.