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|Positive ||Carolin54 ||On Mar 6, 2012, Carolin54 from Raynham, MA wrote:
I had an antenna that was probably 20-30 feet high and very ugly. I planted an akebia vine to climb it and it went all the way to the top after about 3 years! It was beautiful! It only bloomed until I obtained an akebia of a different variety, the white one. And then the fruit came! Boy was that fun because it is so unusual! The taste is so sweet although it is somewhat sticky and very seedy. I give this plant a hardy thumbs up if you have a place for it to climb and enjoy something quite unusual. But as I said earlier, if you want fruit,, you need 2 varieties for them to pollinate.
|Neutral ||subuch ||On Mar 25, 2007, subuch from Lafayette, CA wrote:
One small slip nearly 20 years ago in our Zone 9a garden has resulted in a vine that periodically shows up here and there over an area about 200' x 50'. It spirals around any support, be it a post or another plant. True, it is beautiful, with its delicate leaves, wiry stems, exquisite and deliciously fragrant blossoms reminiscent of freesia, raspberry, and mignonette, and its occasional tasty blue fruit, but it has a tendency to becoming rampant. I have seen it smothering everything from a grape pergola to an air conditioner. One year it twined 40' up a neighbor's redwood tree.
|Neutral ||berrygirl ||On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Akebia quinata 'Shirobana' (Dec) (z5) (Fra)
Lovely cascades of fragrant white spring flowers are followed by white fruit on this vigorous (20-30') vine with its dark-green, 5-fingered foliage; a very attractive vigorous climber. Sun-PSh/Med
|Positive ||hgurule ||On Mar 31, 2005, hgurule from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
This vine is an evergreen in my zone (Z8), and has attractive bluish-green foliage for wintertime enjoyment. In early Spring, it puts on flower buds resembling tiny white ballooons which are slow to open, but well worth the wait. The open blooms reveal a wonderful chocolate scent. The strongly fragrant blooms survive about three days before withering, and then are replaced by new, fresh blooms on the vine. The flowers may be small, but the vine is covered with them.
My vine is a Akebia quinata Shiro Bana meaning that it has five leaves per cluster. It is my understanding that you must have two different kinds of Akebia in order for it to produce the edible purple fruit. I have not had mine long enough to see if it produces fruit, but I am assuming that it will not since I have no other Akebia.
I can highly recommend this vine for it's attractive evergreen leaves, and wonderful chocolate scent.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Hayesville, North Carolina
Jaars, North Carolina
Winston-salem, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Lincolnville, South Carolina
Locust Dale, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia (2 reports)
Walnut Grove, Washington