Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Fiveleaf Akebia

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Vine
  • Scientific Name: Akebia quinata Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Akebia
  • Zone: 4
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Habit: Twining tendrils
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun to shade. A twining vine.

  • Notes:

    An aggressive growing vine with small fragrant purple flowers borne in spring as the leaves appear and are followed by 2-4" long purple fruit in fall. More than one plant is required to obtain fruit. The five parted leaves remain green into late fall.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    When overgrown, this vine may be renewed by cutting it back to 1' - 1 1/2' above the ground level just above a few strong buds.

    Rigorous pruning such as this should only be done when the vine is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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