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Akebia quinata
Akebia / Chocolate Vine

$39.00 $50.70
This size 1 in stock Product ID: 691913

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 4a

Plant Max Zone: 8a

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade, Deep Shade

Water / Rainfall: Average

Soil Quality: Average

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Spring

Flower Color: Mauve, Reddish Purple, Maroon

Berry / Fruit Color: Reddish Purple

Spring Foliage Color: Green

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Fall Foliage Color: Green

Evergreen Foliage: Some

Winter Interest: Some

Scented Flowers: Yes

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: Medium, High

Wet-Feet Tolerance: Medium

Humidity Tolerance: High

Wind Tolerance: Medium

Poor Soil Tolerance: Clay Soils, Rocky Soils

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 6' - 25'

Width: 3' - 6'

Growth Rate: Medium, Fast

Service Life: Very Long: 10-20 years

Maintenance Need: High

Spreading Potential: Medium

Yearly Trimming Tips: Trim Vines as Needed / Training May be Needed.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: Specimen Planting of 1-3, Small Grouping of 3-5

Best Side of House: East Exposure, North Exposure

Extreme Planting Locations: Root-Bound Soils Under Tree, Survives Severe Drought

Ornamental Features: Emerges Early in Spring, Long Lasting Fall Color

Special Landscape Uses: Noise / Wind Screening, Groundcover

Possible Pest Problems: None

Plant Limitations: Aggressive Rhizomes / Runners, Needs Frequent Pruning / Trimming

Description

Five leaf Akebia (Akebia quinata) is a twining vine with green leaves arranged in a palmate shape. Maroon to purple flowers have the slight aroma of chocolate and bloom early in the spring. As with most vines, they are not low maintenance due to their nature and purpose in life. Vines by nature are kind of like freeloaders that want to use other things (and other plants) for free support. This does not directly parasitize the tree but can add a lot of weight (storm damage) and shade out it’s foliage. It requires training to grow on some structures but will generally twine and try to grow to the highest point possible. When properly trained on a trellis or pergola, akebia can be amazing. It will grow in just about any soil and tolerate full shade to full sun. It may be used as a groundcover if nothing to climb on or an edible plant if you pollinate the flowers by hand. There are varieties available that when crossed, produce edible fruit. Akebia is invasive in some parts of the country but this is not the case in Kansas. Blooms occur in march or april very early when frosts are still occurring but with little damage to the plant. Foliage is persistent and semi evergreen until 10-15 degrees F.

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