Akebia trifoliata

Akebia trifoliata

Also known as:

Three-leaf akebia

Family: Lardizabalaceae

Origin: Asia

Crawling vines of akebia trifoliata.
Akebia trifoliata twines onto surrounding trees and shrubs. It can also scramble over the ground, forming a thick mat.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Whole region — Eradication
  • Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest

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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 pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.


Forests, forest margins, canopy gaps, roadsides.


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

Impact on environment

Likely to invade native forest and smother vegetation.


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.

A photo showing the fruit of the Akebia Trifoliata.
The fruit of the Akebia Trifoliata.
Photo credit: iNaturalist NZ
Wild akebia trifoliata growing on the ground.
It displaces native vegetation.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow