Five-leaf Akebia 1L

Akebia quinata

General description :

The five-leaf akebia is a sought-after, extremely striking tropical vine. It’s used for planting next to fences, arbours and other garden support. Its vigorously growing shoots twine around the support, creating a beautiful veil that blooms cinnamon-scented pink and purple flowers. It’s a semi-evergreen, vine, so its charm can be enjoyed all year round.

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General description

General description: The five-leaf akebia is a perennial shrub that grows to a height of 5-10 m. It belongs to the belonging to the woody plant Lardizabalaceae family. This shrub is perfect for planting alongside fences, next to trellises, pergolas and arbours, and any other strong garden support as it wraps its strong tendrils around anything standing close by. It can also grow as a ground cover if no support is available.

Flowers

Flowers: The five-leaf akebia has decorative, elongated leaflets and sweet-smelling, star-shaped flowers gathered in clusters. Male flowers are light pink, and female ones display a darker purple colour.

Blooming

Blooming: The five-leaf akebia blooms from April until June.

Leaves

Leaves: This shrub has palmately compound, dark green leaves composed of 5 elliptical or ovate leaflets on long petioles.

Fruit

Fruit: In autumn (from September to October), this akebia produces cylindrical, exotic-looking fruit gathered in infructescences composed of 2-6 fruit. The elongated, intensely violet fruit pods, similar in shape to eggplants, start to crack when ripe to reveal edible white flesh. It’s sweet and somewhat resembles the taste of a melon.

CultivationRequirements

Cultivation requirements: The akebia prefers sunny spots but can also grow in semi-shade, however it does not tolerate very hot locations. It grows best in moderately moist, sandy, well-drained soils. Seedlings should be planted a metre apart. To increase fruiting, at least two shrubs should be planted in each other’s vicinity.

Pruning

Pruning: Caring for an akebia shrub includes weeding (especially of young plants) and pruning. Trimming Overgrown shrubs every few years is recommended. The first shoots of a young akebia should be led along support. Every 2-3 years, individual shoots can be heavily pruned in spring, so that the akebia will grow more dense in its lower parts.

Overwintering

Overwintering: Akebia is a semi-evergreen vine. It keeps its leaves until frost of around -15°C. In Poland, this plant is not fully frost-proof and may freeze in harsher winters, but it usually grows back from the base in spring.

Origin

Origin: Asia.

AKEBIA PIĘCIOLIST 1
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2021-06-11

Data sheet

Type
decorative
fruiting
evergreen
Flower color
Violet
Flowering date
IV
V
VI
Fragrant flowers
yes

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