Fiveleaf Akebia

Akebia quinata

This vigorously spreading and climbing vine displays attractive, blue-green foliage. Dangling stalks of chocolate-scented, deep purple flowers add to the show. Produces interesting, elongated seed pods if another akebia is planted nearby. Creates a quick cover for arbors in warm winter regions; slower growing in colder regions. Semi-evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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Botanical Pronunciationa-KEE-bee-a kwi-NAH-ta
LoreThis vine in the only genus of the Lardizabalaceae in cultivation today.
Average Size at MaturityTwining stems reach 20 to 25 ft. long, with support.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasOften used as evergreen background trained on fence, trellis or wall in milder climates. Deciduous in less temperate regions. May be allowed to sprawl as groundcover. Exceptional choice for tropical looks and fantasy gardens.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Tropical
Growth HabitClimbing
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureEasy Care, Edible, Showy Fruit, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsClematis (Clematis); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Trumpet Vine (Campsis); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)

Grows easily in most soil types; thrives in moist, well-drained, sandy loam. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply fertilizer monthly to lean soils. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Prune annually to control size.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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