Akebia quinata (eastern Asia)
Habit: Twiner/trellis climber, here 4-6 (8) m tall; (1) 2-4 m wide; numerous shoots, stake diameter up to 3 cm; fast-growing after three years, 50-150 (250) cm a year; later only medium-growing.
Flowers: Usually monoecious, in racemes; females are crimson-brown, 2-3 cm; males pink, 1 cm, end of April to beginning of May; fragrant.
Fruits: Seldom, only in wine regions; crimson-violet, like cucumbers, up to 15 cm large, August to November; mushy when ripe, edible, sweetish.
Leaves: (Semi-) evergreen; early shoots; five leaflets, elliptical, fingered, pale green; persistent in mild winters into spring; decorative, fine leaves.
Demands: Sun to semi-shade, tolerates heat, likes warmth, usually frost hardy; tolerates urban pollution; needs wind protection.
Soil: Moderately dry to fresh; on all garden soil that is not too poor.
Note: Sometimes drapes down as far as 2 m.
Hardiness: Zone 6b