Akebia quinataItem #0259 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.Average Landscape Size:Twining stems reach 20 to 25 ft. long, with support.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:a-KEE-bee-a kwi-NAH-taPlant type:Vine - Requires SupportDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenSunset climate zones:2 - 24, 29 - 43Growth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Twining stems reach 20 to 25 ft. long, with support.Foliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PurpleDesign 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.Companion PlantsClematis (Clematis); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Trumpet Vine (Campsis); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)
- CareCare InformationGrows 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.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
- History & LoreHistory:This vine was first classified by French Botanist Decasine in the 19th century from the given name for the plant by the Japanese. Robert Fortune introduced it as Rajania into Britain in 1845.Lore:This vine in the only genus of the Lardizabalaceae in cultivation today.