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Japanese Garden Plants
This is where to find details on plants. We don't have a lot of images, but we'll be providing articles and details as we are able. If you have materials to contribute or gaps to fill in, please let us know.

Japanese Name:akebi 
English Name:Fiveleaf Akebia, Chocolate Vine 
Latin Name:Akebia quinata 
Family:Lardizabalaceae 
Sub Type: 
Native Habitat:Central China to Korea and Japan 
Light:Full sun 
Soil: 
Flower Color:purple-brown 
Bloom Time:spring 
Width: 
Height: 
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Last Updated:6/28/2004 
Details: Photo: John C. Campbell III
Akebi: click for larger image This semi-evergreen, climbing, woody vine features rounded leaves and racemes of purple-brown blooms with a spicy fragrance. It grows as either a twining vine or aggressive groundcover and works well along fences in a sunny location. The palmate leaves alternate along the stem and are divided into five equal-sized leaflets. Leaflets emerge with a purplish color and become green as they mature. The unusual flowers are about 1 inch across and appear in late March to early April. The mature into purple-violet fruits in pods of 2-4 inches.

Akebia is deciduous in cooler climates but may remain evergreen in warmer, more tropical regions.

Be careful with this plant. Akebia grows so quickly that it can kill off existing ground-level vegetation by smothering them. Once established, its density will often prevent native species from germinating. Akebia is shade and drought tolerant and can invade many types of habitats. It can grow 30 ft in a single season. 




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