Akebia trifoliata

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Akebia trifoliata (Thunb.) Koidz.

Lardizabalaceae

Life form: climber

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: digitate

Shape: cup-shaped
Fruit: follicle

V

82C / 7b4c9a 

Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Ranunculopsida
Subclassis:
Ranunculidae
Superordo:
Ranunculanae
Ordo:
Lardizabalales

Akebia trifoliata is a climber.

Naming

Akebia trifoliata was already described and the name validly published by Carl Peter Thunberg. It was Gen'ichi Koidzumi, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1925.

Taxonomy

Akebia trifoliata is a species in the genus Akebia which contains approximately 6 to 7 species and belongs to the family of the Lardizabalaceae (Lardizabala Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The climbers reach heights of 9 to 10 metres.

Leaves

Akebia trifoliata is deciduous. The green, digitate leaves are alternate. The ovate leaflets are entire and perfoliate.

Flowers and Fruits

Akebia trifoliata produces racemes of purple cup-shaped flowers in May.

The climbers carry purple follicles.

Root System

Distribution

Akebia trifoliata is native to China and Japan.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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