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!
*****30 days of cold stratification required!*****
Lightly scarify seeds and soak in warm water for 24 hours.
Surface sow seeds in a pot or a plastic baggie that will fit in the refrigerator.
Mist the soil and sprinkle a small amount of starting soil over seeds.
Cover with plastic wrap or place in baggie in the refrigerator for 30 days.
During this cold stratification process keep soil moist, but not soaking wet.
At the end of the 30 Days, place pot in a warm, sunny location. When soil is warm enough seeds will germinate.