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Akebia quinata and lobata


Akebia lobata and Akebia quinata are ornamental climbers belonging to Berberidaceae. Akebia lobata was introduced from Japan in 1895. It is a strong grower with ternate leaves and purple flowers, borne in drooping racemes, a few females and many males being borne in each.

The flowers are followed by curious sausage-like fruits which are violet in colour when ripe. Akebia quinata is found in both China and Japan, and has been in cultivation since 1845.

It is a strong grower, with five parted leaves and reddish purple flowers followed by violet fruits. Both may be grown on walls or out in the open; cuttings root readily in summer.