Named for its delicate, hand-shaped, compound leaves, five-leaf akebia is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen twining vine native to China, Japan, and Korea. The leaves - comprising five rounded leaflets - are dark green with blue-green undersides. In spring, small, fruitily scented, brownish-purple flowers are borne in clusters, followed in fall by purplish sausage-shaped edible fruits.
An adaptable plant, fiveleaf akebia accepts most soils and exposures, including shade. It can twine up a structure, shrub, or tree, or clamber along a bank. It may be invasive in some situations. (info source: Learn2Grow)
Not available for sale in Wisconsin.
Genus - Akebia
Species - Quinata
Common name - Chocolate Vine
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 6 - 9
Height - 15'-30' / 4.6m - 9m
Spread - 6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
Plant type - Vine
Vegetation type - Semi-evergreen, deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand, Well Drained
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Groundcover, Screening / Wind Break, Vine. Edible fruits
Germination rate - 83%
Bloom season - Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Blue Green / Purple, dark brown
|Germination||- Fill a bowl half full of tepid water and place the Akebia seeds into it. Set the bowl aside and let the seeds soak for 24 hours.|
- Fill a clean jar with 1 inch of spaghnum moss, peat moss, course sand or vermiculite.
- Pour the Akebia seeds into the soil and place the lid on top of the jar securely. Shake the jar up to mix the seeds in well with the medium you used.
- Remove the lid from the jar and add 1/4 cup of water to it so that the medium and seeds are moist, but no water stands on top of it.
- Place the lid back onto the jar and set the jar inside a refrigerator for at least one month. Check the jar after one month to see if any sprouts are present. If no sprouts have germinated, place it back inside the refrigerator and leave it for up to two more months, checking it weekly for sprouts.
- Gently remove the seedlings from the soil mixture and plant them in individual 4- to 5-inch plant pots filled with sterile potting soil. Plant each seedling only as deep as the roots and water well afterward.