Two species of Akebia are growing in the gardens, quinata and longeracemosa. Vigorous scrambling climbers, commonly known as the Chocolate vine, they are perfect for growing over old tree stumps and along wires. You will find Akebia quinata in two places in the gardens, over the old Holm Oak stump by the lake and along wires on a wall between the orchard and The Nash Building. Flowering later than the quinata, Akebia longeracemosa can be found scrambling along wires on The Sainsbury Building platform. The flowers are long, vanilla scented and maroon-chocolate in colour, the male flowers hang beneath the female flowers.
|Male and Female Flowers of Akebia longeracemosa|