Akebia quinata
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Akebia quinata

chocolate vine
akebia fruit
five-leaf akebia

  family lardizabalaceae 
  genus akebia 

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Genus  Akebia Species  quinata Variety  Cultivar  Common names  chocolate vine   akebia fruit   five-leaf akebia Family  LARDIZABALACEAE Specimen number  S11955 Data source  GrUnFr p1-2;HtZn p72
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Semi-evergreen Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  20' - 40' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to full shade Water  Well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 06-08 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-08b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Akebia quinata has attractive berries during the winter. Among other uses, this plant is suitable for use as a wall cover. Despite its invasive tendency, this plant is still worthwhile to have. Chocolate vine (also known as akebia fruit and five-leaf akebia) can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15� Fahrenheit to do its best. This plant needs summer days with high heat. Full sun to full shade is ideal for this species. It does well in well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses  Wall cover Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  yes Desirable qualities    Other interest  purple fuit pods in autumn Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities  Invasive
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The seed pods are egg shaped pods with black seeds and white fleshy bland tasting pulp. Akebia quinata is most frequently used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant flowers Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Aug 01 - Aug 31 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Fresh Nutritional value  Edible parts  Seed pods Description of edible parts egg shaped pods with black seeds and white fleshy bland tasting pulp. Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Akebia quinata to produce fruit. Harvesting usually occurs in August. Chocolate vine (in some places called akebia fruit and five-leaf akebia) most likely originates from China, Korea and Japan.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Akebia quinata is a perennial. Chocolate vine (locally known in some parts as akebia fruit and five-leaf akebia) is semi-evergreen. Flowers begin in March and don't stop until May. The flowers are usually either grape or purple.

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