Botanical Name: Akebia quinata Add
Common Name: Five-leaf Akebia  
Plant photo of: Akebia quinata
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Vine


Height Range

3-6', 6-12', 12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color

Pink, Purple


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade



Low, Medium, High


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Erosion Control


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: J.J. Neilson Arboretum
Photographer: Connon Nursery, JJ Neilso
  • Description

  • Notes

This deciduous vine to 20' bears small, pendant dark burgundy purple flowers in spring and edible fruit in summer. The three flared, round petals are cup-shaped. It exhibits a delicate, woodsy look with dark green palmate leaves and oval leaflets. This plant should be grown in sun to part shade, receiving average watering. -Monterey Bay Nursery
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.