Akebia quinata - Chocolate Vine
Akebia quinata - Chocolate Vine

Chocolate Vine

Akebia quinata

Also called Fiveleaf Akebia

  • Small clusters of chocolate-purple flowers
  • Pendant flowers open slightly before the foliage emerges
  • Spicy-scented flowers contain both male and female parts
  • Purple fruit, 10 cm in length, open in the fall to reveal small, black seeds
  • Semi-evergreen foliage with five distinct oblong leaflets
  • Green to bluish-green foliage
  • Bloom Time: Late April

ZONE:
5

COLOUR:
Purple (deep)

HEIGHT:
8-10 m

SPREAD:
3 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


Akebia grows best in a rich, moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Prune after flowering to the desired size, and as necessary throughout the season. Akebia can be grown on a wall or trained up a trellis or arbour. In the spring, remove dead twigs to improve overall appearance. Can also be used as a ground cover to hide unsightly tree stumps or rocks.

Characteristics & Attributes


ATTRIBUTES:
Fruit
FLOWERING TIME:
Spring
HABIT:
Climbing
FOLIAGE COLOR:
Blue
Green
LANDSCAPE USES:
Screening (privacy)