Akebia quinata

(Chocolate Vine, Fiveleaf Akebia)


$27.99


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Vigorous vine with palmately compound foliage. Purple-brown flowers followed by 2-4″ long fruit.

Description

Easily grown in most soils. Best in well-drained sandy loams with regular moisture in full sun to part shade. Prefers full sun, but tolerates close to full shade. Also tolerates some drought. Needs a support structure upon which to grow unless grown as a ground cover. For best fruit production, plant more than one vine to facilitate good cross-pollination. Many experts recommend hand-pollination. Prune as needed in late spring after flowers appear. May be cut to the ground to renovate. Foliage is semi-evergreen in warm winter climates. Grows rapidly and can suffocate shrubs or other vegetation if not kept in check. Though not designated a noxious weed by the Federal Government, environmental groups consider this plant too invasive to plant where it can spread or reseed itself into natural areas and crowd out native plants.

Additional information

Common Name

Chocolate Vine, Fiveleaf Akebia

Botanical Name

Akebia quinata

Container/Amount

3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun

Height

30'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

Spring

Flower Color

chocolate brown/purple

Fragrance

Yes

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

No

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