Akebia trifoliata is a vigorous, hardy, deciduous twiner. Flowers on this are similar to Akebia quinata, dark maroon very fragrant, especially at night. Flowers from March to May usually on the bare wood, followed by violet purple fruits (Not often in UK and it requires two genetically different plants but it can happily cross with Akebia quinata). Flowers can be damaged by frosts so although the plant is perfectly hardy it is best grown on a wall. (OK on a North wall in milder parts) OK for a range of soil types. Both male and female flowers are carried in the same racemes but two genetically different plants are required in order to get the exotic looking edible fruits see below.