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Akebia quinata 'Silver Bells'

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

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Unknown - Tell us

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By simple layering
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous 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 valleylynn On Aug 28, 2009, valleylynn from Dallas, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is my favorite vine. Partially evergreen here in zone 8. Colder areas will lose the leaves, but they will come back in the spring on the old wood. Heavy flowering, highly scented. Mine sets fruit because I have another variety close by. Fruit is sweet and seeds grow readily.

Positive amberlwh On Apr 29, 2008, amberlwh from Hayesville, NC wrote:

This vine is amazing. It grows extremely fast and it smells great. I am in zone 7 and this plant is almost an evergreen. It makes it through the first few months of winter but not the later winter months. Love it. Love it.


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

Helena, Alabama
Chicago, Illinois
New Orleans, Louisiana
Hayesville, North Carolina
Woodsfield, Ohio
Dallas, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Crossville, Tennessee
Plano, Texas
Mapleton, Utah
Walkerton, Virginia

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