Akebia quinata 'Alba' (White Akebia)

Scientific Name

Akebia quinata 'Alba'

Common Names

White Akebia

Scientific Classification

Family: Lardizabalaceae
Genus: Akebia

Flower

Color: Reddish-purple
Bloom Time: Summer

Description

Akebia quinata 'Alba' is a semi-evergreen climber with bright green leaves composed of 5 elliptic or obovate leaflets notched at the tips. It can grow up to 40 feet (12 m) at a fast rate. Fragrant, lemony-white flowers, with larger females at the base of the raceme, are sometimes followed by purple fruits up to 4 inches (10 cm) long. It is slightly more evergreen in nature and blooms a bit earlier with more fragrance.

Akebia quinata 'Alba' - White Akebia
Photo via davesgarden.com

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 5a to 10b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Chocolate Vine is a light feeder, and doesn't require supplemental flower fertilizer. You can provide trace nutrients for vines growing in poor soil by mulching with compost or well-rotted manure.

The Chocolate Vine will climb on supports or scramble up to 40 feet (12 m). Because of its vigorous growth habit, many gardeners prune the chocolate vine back to ground level in late winter to keep it in check. You can also lightly prune the vine to help it look tidy after flowering.

Practice good stewardship of the land by not allowing Chocolate Vine to escape your landscape into neighboring woodland areas. In some areas it has displaced native plants with its dense vegetation. The vines have the potential to choke out small trees when left untended in wild areas… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata)

Origin

Garden origin.

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