Akebia x pentaphylla
Akebia x pentaphylla is a hybrid between Akebia quinata and Akebia trifoliata it is a vigorous, hardy, deciduous twiner. Flowers in this are very similar to Akebia quinata, dark maroon very fragrant, especially at night. Flowers from March to May, followed by violet purple fruits (Not often in UK and it requires two genetically different plants). 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.