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Akebia quinata

Common Name(s):
Chocolate vine, Five Leaf Akebia
Cultivar(s):
'Alba' , 'Compacta', 'Shirobara', 'Rosea' , 'Variegata'
Categories:
Edible Plants, Vines
Comment:

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

Seed:  Pod

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.

Height:
30-40 ft.
Flower:
Small, reddish to purple, spicy, fragrant flowers in mid-spring
Zones:
5-8
Habit:
Deciduous to semi-evergreen
Texture:
Fine to medium
Exposure:
Sun to moderate shade
Edibility:
The inner white flesh of the fruit.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Climbing Method:
Twining
Tags:
fruit, playground, deciduous, weedy, play, edible, fragrant, children’s garden, wildlife, fragrant flowers, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2247

Akebia quinata Foliage
Meneerke bloem, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Akebia quinata Flowers
Alspdake, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Akebia quinata Form
H.Zell, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Akebia quinata A montage of fruits
Alspdake, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Akebia quinata Close up of palmately compound leaves
monado, CC-BY-SA-3.0