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Akebia quinata

Chocolate Vine (Fiveleaf Akebia)

Small clusters of showy, spicy-scented, chocolate-purple flowers appear before the foliage emerges. A useful vine for fences and trellises or as a ground cover. Green to bluish-green foliage and purple fruit in the fall add all season interest.

  • »  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

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Exposure
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture
Moist to Average
Well-drained
Growth Rate
Fast
Attributes
Evergreen
Fragrant
Fruit
Flowering Time
Spring
Habit
Climbing
Foliage Color
Blue
Green
Landscape uses
Ground cover
Screening (privacy)
Planting instructions
Container Plants
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Akebia quinata

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.