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Plant Habit: Shrub
Vine
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
Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Dehiscent
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
Fall
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Deep chocolate-purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Suitable Locations: Espalier
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Vegetable
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Fruit
Eating Methods: Tea
Culinary Herb/Spice
Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Flood Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Bees
Wind
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Common names
  • Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine
  • Five-Leaf Akebia
  • Akebi
  • Raisin Vine

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Location: RHS Hyde Hall, Essex, UK.
Date: 2023-04-16
Location: Mount Ibuki, Shiga prefecture, Japan
Date: 10-2013
author--Alpsdake
Location: Mount Ibuki, Shiga prefecture, Japan
Date: 10-2013
author--Alpsdake
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-05-10
Male flowers
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: March 2011
Chocolate scented blooms appear in late March.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-05-04
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2006-04-05

Date: 4-2019
author--Captainpixel
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 2023-04-30
Uploaded by robertduval14
Uploaded by kosk0025
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-04-28
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.
Date: 2010-05-08
- Lovely green leaves, with vines emerging.
Location: Botanical garden of Madeira
Date: 2023-04-11

photo credit: H. Zell
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2011-05-30
Uploaded by kosk0025
Uploaded by kosk0025
Uploaded by DaylilySLP
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2023-07-27
Five-Leaf Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata).

Photo credit: Alpsdake
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-05-10
Female flower
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-05-10
Female flower
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-05-10

Credit florum
Location: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-03-09
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2010-03-20
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: March 2010
A strong and tenacious plant

photo credit: H. Zell
Uploaded by rakami
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2015-08-11
Location:  Mount Ibuki, Maibara, Shiga prefecture, Japan
Date: 7-2014
author--Alpsdake
Location: Chicago
Date: 2020-06-22
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2015-04-27
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-04-20
Location: Washington
Date: 2015-10-21

photo credit: H. Zell

Photo credit: Alpsdake
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Comments:
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 20, 2018 3:20 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 26, 2011 5:15 PM concerning plant:
    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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