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  • Canadian Grown
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  • Shipped in ON, QC, NB, NS, PE


Akebia quinata

Chocolate Vine, Five-leaf Akebia

Main interest:
chocolate fragrance, attractive dark red to purple flowers, fast growing vine
full sun to full shade
Soil humidity:
dry to moist soil
Growth type:
Flower colour:
Flowering period:
May to June
bright green
USDA Hardiness:
zone 5a: -29 °C (-20 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 40 ft (12 m) width: 9 ft ( 2.7 m)
fence, pergola, trellis, soil stablilzation

Five-leaf Akebia, or Chocolate Vine, is a vigorous, fast growing, woody vine. This plant is popular for its flower’s subtle, chocolate fragrance and beautiful, maroon/purple colours. The blooms produce unique, sausage shaped seed pods by the early fall, which contain small black seeds covered in a whitish edible pulp.

The pulp has a slight coconut milk flavor. The fruit skin may evolves from green to violet, grey, or purple-grey when mature. In most cases, the fruit will split open when it is perfectly ripe. Purple Akebi fruits measure an average 4 to 5" (10 to 13 cm) long. Young tender shoots can be eaten in salads and leaves used as tea substitute. Chocolate Vine usually starts blooming and producing fruits after 5 years.

The foliage is a pleasant bright green colour with elliptic leaflets.

Five-leaf Akebia is an extremely fast grower and can quickly take over a trellis or patio wall to cover up an unattractive structure or create a privacy screen. This woody vine is very easy to grow. It can tolerate a range of conditions from full sun to full shade, dry to wet moisture, and most soil types. These traits make this plant great for soil stabilization, or establishing vegetation in a difficult area where other plants may not be able to survive.

Please use availability information as a guide only. The weather is a fickle thing, and impacts when our plants are actually available for shipping. Please be aware that we are not answering emails regarding plants availability. The best advice we can give you is to check back once in a while, choose a size option and check the current stock.

$19.99 - $55.99

Ships ON, QC, NB, PE, NS

Synonym(s): Rajania quinata

Also known as: Five-leaf chocolate vine, Fiveleaf Akebia, Purple Akebi

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