Pink-flowered Chocolate Vine, Five-Leaf Akebia, Raisin Vine
Akebia quinata 'Rosea'

Family: Lardizabalaceae
Genus: Akebia (a-KEE-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: quinata (kwi-NAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rosea

Category:

Vines and Climbers

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Deciduous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Headland, Alabama

Wichita, Kansas

Norman, Oklahoma

Dallas, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Belton, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Edinburg, Texas

Houston, Texas

Plano, Texas

Clifton, Virginia

Olympia, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Negative

On Feb 27, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I've had to deal with this species in a garden where a neighbor had allowed it to climb a fence. It required endless attention. It grows with astonishing speed, and I was continually pulling up 12' runners that were already rooting at every node. It also twines about and strangles any woody plant it can reach. Untangling it was immensely time-consuming.

Its height is limited only by the height of its support. It can climb tall trees.

This vine has naturalized in 16 states and has been reported invasive of natural areas in 6. I know it's taken over hundreds of acres of woodland on the Biltmore estate in NC.

Positive

On Jun 3, 2006, whitefleur from Pennellville, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This vine was given to me last fall and overlooked for the winter in Central NY. Zone 5b
When I went to look at it in March, I was surpised to see that not only did it live, It was very happily blooming! It was in a pot on the ground on the north facing side of the deck. It still has a few blossoms on it and is doing quite well. I had no idea what this vine was until I did an intensive search.

Positive

On Mar 26, 2005, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I am very impressed with the coloring of this flower! Mine start out cream colored and age to a gorgeous combination of deep periwinkle, peach, and mauve. Great color combo!

This vine is evergreen for me, and blooms well in early Spring. It is fragrant and definitely a keeper!
-T