Akebia trifoliata - Chocolate Vine
Akebia trifoliata is a cold hardy climber with fragrant blooms and sweet purple fruit. It's native to Japan where it grows wild in the forest. In late spring, chocolate-pink blossoms bloom in clusters against delicate lacy foliage. In fall, fat lavender fruit appear. They're incredibly sweet, even more impressive than the flowers, and are usually made into jelly.
Akebia is hardy in zones 5-8. It thrives in dappled sun or full shade (few vines bloom in the shade) and isn't fussy about soil, though it prefers even moisture. Evergreen in mild winters, it loses its leaves in cold climates, but the twining woody branches are handsome even when bare.
If you want to grow fruit, you'll need to grow both Akebia quinata and Akebia trifoliata. We offer both. The seeds germinate slowly. They will appear, but not next week!