- Common Name(s):
- Chocolate vine, Five Leaf Akebia
- 'Alba' , 'Compacta', 'Shirobara', 'Rosea' , 'Variegata'
- Edible Plants, Vines
A deciduous to semi-evergreen twining woody fine with graceful palmately compound leaves. They have five elliptic to oblong-ellptic leaflets that are bright green above and glaucous below. It is very easy to grow in ordinary, well-drained soil. Male and female vines produce fragrant chocolate-purple flowers on old wood, so prune after flowering. Flowers are followed by a large sausage shaped purple fruit which split open in the fall to reveal edible white flesh and tiny black seeds. It may be cut to the ground to rejuvinate a leggy plant. It grows rapidly and can over take other shrubs and other vegetation in the landscape in not kept in check.
Wildlife Value: Birds eat the fruits.
Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement
Insects, Diseseses, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. 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.
- 30-40 ft.
- Small, reddish to purple, spicy, fragrant flowers in mid-spring
- Deciduous to semi-evergreen
- Fine to medium
- Sun to moderate shade
- The inner white flesh of the fruit.
- Growth Rate:
- Climbing Method:
NCCES plant id: 2247