Geographical origin: Temperate forests of Eastern Asia.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 10 m.
Foliage: Deciduous to semi-evergreen.
Type of soil: Fertile and well drained.
Climate: Hardy up to -15°C.
Site: Partial shade to full sun.
Characteristics and uses:
The Chocolate Vine is a climber which has rapid growth. It blooms in April-May. The clusters of flowers have a pink calyx and purple petals. They have a vanilla scent and are full of nectar. Its light, tough, green foliage is semi-evergreen in mild areas.
Plant the Chocolate Vine against a support on which it will cling. As this plant does not like pruning, plan for a space large enough so it can develop fully.