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Fiveleaf Akebia

Botanical Name
Akebia quintata
Hardiness
Zones 4 to 8
Height
20 to 40 feet
Width
6 to 9 feet
Flowers
April to May: purple-brown, fragrant, hidden by foliage
Fruit
Sausage-shaped purple pods (rare)
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Somewhat drought tolerant
  • Needs a support to grow on
  • Prune severely when dormant to renovate
  • Transplant from container stock
Problems
Can be aggressive
Varieties
  • Alba - white flowers and fruit
  • Variegata - pale pink flowers accompany white variegated leaves
  • Purple Bouquet - more compact, purple flowers

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