Akebia quinata, a twining plant, attractive in leaf and flower. The leaves are divided into five leaflets. The fragrant, brownish-purple flowers are carried in drooping clusters in April. They are occasionally followed by sausage-shaped, violet-purple fruits up to 4 in. long, particularly after a warm summer. Needs a warm wall. Very useful plant for training over porches and arches. When the growth becomes entangled cut right down to the base in winter. This can be done safely every three or four years.