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AKEBIA quinata 'Amethyst Glow'

Image of Akebia quinata 'Amethyst Glow'

Pride of Place Plants, Inc.

Family

Lardizabalaceae

Botanical Name

AKEBIA quinata 'Amethyst Glow'

Plant Common Name

Chocolate Vine, Fiveleaf Akebia

General Description

Named for its delicate, hand-shaped, compound leaves, five-leaf akebia is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen twining vine native to China, Japan, and Korea. The small, clustered, vanilla-scented flowers of its cultivar 'Amethyst Glow' are apple-blossom pink maturing to light amethyst. Male flowers are darker than female flowers, giving a bicolor effect. Dark-purple to black sausage-shaped fruits ripen in fall. The leaves - comprising five rounded leaflets - are dark green with blue-green undersides.

An adaptable plant, fiveleaf akebia accepts most soils and exposures, including shade. It can twine up a structure, shrub, or tree, or clamber along a bank. It may be invasive in some situations.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Groundcover, Screening / Wind Break, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No