PlantsAkebia→Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 20-40 feet
Plant Spread: 6-9 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: 2 - 4 inch, sausage-shaped violet-purple pods containing small black seeds that are imbedded in a whitish flesh.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Deep chocolate-purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Suitable Locations: Espalier
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Tea
Culinary Herb/Spice
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Flood Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 26, 2011 5:15 PM

Akebia, chocolate vine, is considered invasive in some states, and is not a native plant to the US. It does not invade by either seed or root here in western Kentucky, but it is a fast grower and its vines rapidly reach upward and to each side claiming anything in their way. It will strangle whatever grows nearby. It's beautiful if trained to a stand alone trellis and its delicate tiny blooms provide that amazing chocolate scent in the very early part of March and April.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 20, 2018 3:20 PM

My 10-year-old plant stays evergreen on the south side of my house, where I've trained it on a string to trail from post to post on my porch. I've woven the new growth in a lacelike fashion, back and forth through the years. Everyone wants to know what it is. It makes insignificant small maroon flowers. I've been told they should smell like vanilla, but I find them pretty much odorless. Each year I plant a different vining flowered annual to give it color. This year it's 'Ruby Moon' Hyacinth Bean.

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