chocolate vineChocolate vine

Common name: Chocolate vine
Botanical name: Akebia quinata
Management programme: Advisory

Where is it originally from?

Originates in Japan, China, and Korea, it was given the name chocolate vine due to its fragrant vanilla or chocolate scented flowers.

Why is it a pest?

Grows rapidly, forming a thick, smothering mat that prevents establishment of seedlings and native plants.

Where is it found?

Chocolate vine spreads via stem fragments and bird-dispersed seeds. It is tolerant to a wide range of conditions but prefers riparian zones, forest edges, wetlands, and urban areas.

There are no known sites in the Bay of Plenty.

What does it look like?

  • Climber with slender stems that are green when young, turning brown as they mature.
  • Leaves are often described as ‘hand-shaped’ with a purple tinge that becomes blue-green when mature.
  • Clusters of brown-purple flowers with a vanilla fragrance from August to October.
  • Fruits are purple-violet flattened sausage-like pods.

What are the rules?


The Bay of Plenty Regional Council does not enforce the control of advisory species. It is landowner/occupier responsibility to manage these pests. Council may provide advice on how to manage or control these species if required.

How do you get rid of it?


  1. Dig out individual vines, ensuring all roots are removed
  2. Cut stems (spring – summer) and paste with herbicide gel
  3. Large infestations can be foliar sprayed (spring – summer). Ensure complete leaf coverage is low. This method is most suitable for larger vines where the level of risk to desirable plants is low.


CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide, PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and directions for the purchase, use and storage of the product, are followed and adhered to.

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