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five-leaf akebia (chocolate vine)

Akebia quinata

five-leaf akebia (chocolate vine)

Akebia quinata

Decoration form leaves, fragrant flowers
Color of flowers brown and purple with fragrant
Flowering month IV, V IV, V
Evergreen plant no
Density on 1 m2 1
Annual growth 1-3 m
Aspect 1/2 sun, 1/4 sun, shadow, sun
Frost hardiness 6A - 8 Zones 6A - 8

A vigorous climber with attractive foliage and flowers. Leaves semi-evergreen, composed of 5 leathery, notched leaflets. Stems, violet at first and turning brown with age, twine around the supports. Flowers small, female chocolate-brown and male pink, slightly cinnamon scented. Unusual, conspicuous, sausage-shaped fruits. It's suitable for training over various kinds of supports, as well as for clambering into a tree. An excellent subject for covering arbors and pergolas. It may be used as ground cover.