Chocolate Vine, Five-Leaf Akebia, Raisin Vine
Akebia quinata 'Silver Bells'

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

Category:

Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Purple

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

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

Regional

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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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 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

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.