Detailed information about the Tropical Chocolate Vine also known as the akebia vine, five leaf akebia and adebia quinata a Beautiful and unique Tropical perennial flowering vine and naturally the chocolate plant.
Its beauty and incredibly exotic looking flower will be obvious the first time you lay eyes on one of these climbing vines that are also evergreen vines, that you will fall in love with it, and it already has a bonus, who doesn’t like chocolate.
The akebia vine Flowers are a rich milk chocolate purple colored flower, and give way to a purple flattened seed pods. This perennial flowering vine can grow anywhere from 15 to 20 feet.
Fiveleaf akebia is shade tolerant but fast growing vines that are known as being very invasive vines just like rainforest jungle vines they will take over anything that gets in its way!
Just like kiwi plants these vines contain both female & male flowers but they will not self-pollinate and you must often play mother nature to help it along with cross-pollination to produce fruit.
Native to tropical regions in Asia, central China, Japan and even Korea and it was first introduced into the United States in 1845 as an ornamental, I don’t think they realized how invasive and devastating this vine can be if not trimmed, pruned and kept under control but for some the Chocolate Scent is worth the trouble.
Its fragrant flowers that have a soft scent of chocolate will begin to bloom in late March to early June and the fruit it bears is oddly shaped sausage like pods the akebia fruit that are a purple color with a whitish core with tiny black seeds this fruit taste like tapioca pudding, and they will grow 2 1/4 to 4 inches in length.