Akebia (Lardizabalaceae)

Japanese name of the plant. This genus includes shrub-like twining species, half-second in mild climate, originating in China and Japan.

The curious inflorescences of Akebia quinala.
The curious inflorescences of Akebia quinala.

Cultivated species of Akebia:

Akebia quinata and Akebia trifoliata (left lobata) can grow from m 5 to m 10; the greatest difference between them is the number of leaflets present in each leaf, which are obviously three in the trifoliata and five in the quinata. The flowers are thyrsoid inflorescences that bear masculine and feminine flowers on the same raceme; the latter is almost twice the size of the masculine ones, both purple-reddish, slightly perfumed and in general not very showy and of short duration; appear in spring and are followed by uncommon purple sausage-shaped fruits that open to ripening and curl backwards showing the black seeds enclosed by a white pulp.


the most suitable soil is light and permeable, with a sunny or a sunny position; their growth takes considerable advantage from fairly substantial pruning carried out every three or four years. They multiply by propagation carried out in autumn and detached in spring, by cuttings made under glass in summer or can be reproduced by seed, when ripe, at the end of summer, wintering the seedlings in the caisson.