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Akebia Trifoliata

Also known as:
Three-Leaf Akebia

General description

Climbing, semi-deciduous vine. Stems are woody near the base. Leaves are trifoliate. Flowers are purple and cup-shaped.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:
  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell Akebia trifoliata within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant Akebia trifoliata within the Auckland region.

Auckland Council will control Akebia trifoliata at all sites where it is known to occur.

If you see Akebia trifoliata anywhere in the Auckland region, please report it to Auckland Council at

Forests, forest margins, canopy gaps, roadsides.

Seeds probably dispersed by birds and mammals. Vegetative spread from root fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through deliberate plantings.

Likely to invade native forest and smother vegetation.

Site Management

Recommended approaches

Do not attempt to undertake control of this species. Please report to Auckland Council.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

Chilean flame creeper
Tropaeolum speciosum

Chilean flame creeper's palmate compound leaves lack stipes, and it has deep red tubular flowers producing blue berries.

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RPMP status

Whole region (Eradication)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Akebia trifoliata - Main species image