akebia quinata (chocolate vine)

Size: 1 gallon

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  • small clusters of chocolate-purple flowers
  • pendant flowers open slightly before the foliage emerges
  • spicy-scented flowers contain both male and female parts
  • purple fruit, 10 cm in length, open in the fall to reveal small, black seeds
  • semi-evergreen foliage with five distinct oblong leaflets
  • green to bluish-green foliage
  • bloom time: late april
  • zone 5 
  • height 8-10m
  • spread 3m 
  • colour deep purple 
  • akebia grows best in a rich, moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade
  • prune after flowering to the desired size, and as necessary throughout the season
  • akebia can be grown on a wall or trained up a trellis or arbour
  • in the spring, remove dead twigs to improve overall appearance
  • can also be used as a ground cover to hide unsightly tree stumps or rocks
  • full sun, partial sun/shade
  • fast growing
  • fragrant
  • evergreen
  • ground cover