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Akebia quinata 'shirobana'

Pronunciation: A-kee-bee-a kwi-nah-ta
Family: Lardizabalaceae
Common Name: Fiveleaf akebia, chocolate vine
Plant Type:
  • vines and climbers
  • perennial
Height to: 20'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • mid spring
  • late spring
Bloom Description: Fragrant, white
Soil Type: Moist, well drained, , fertile
Plant Perks:
  • Fragrant
Pests and Diseases: Twig dieback
Propagation: Sow seed in containers in cold frame as soon as ripe, root semi-ripe cuttings in summer, layer in winter
Native to: China, korea, japan
Notes for Identification: Source: the american horticultural society a to z encyclopedia of garden plantsnotes source: monrovia - vigorously spreading and twining vine displays attractive, green foliage. Dangling stalks of strongly fragrant white flowers. Edible purple fruit. Semi-evergreen in warmer areas. Care information follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Prune annually to control size. Pruning time: spring after flowering.  
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 30 to 45 days ZONE 5
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
  • 120 to 150 days ZONE 9
Seed photo: 0
Located in: Climbers
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