Purple Kimono Akebia
$5.00 – $8.00
Purple Akebia is a beautiful, fast growing vanilla scented vine with purple flowers that thrives with little care and will have people asking about the strange-looking fruit!
About Purple Akebia
Purple Akebia is a beautiful, fast growing vanilla scented vine with purple flowers that thrives with little care and will have people asking about the strange-looking fruit! It is a beautiful evergreen in the Pacific Northwest and warmer areas, and deciduous in colder climates. The abundant April flowers are very fragrant and smell like vanilla. The vine produces bizarre looking five inch (occasionally much larger) long fruit. Inside is a tasty roll of white seedy pulp that is sweet and tastes like mango pudding. To get fruit, plant two or more varieties. Native to Northern Japan, the soft young shoots are used for salads or for salt pickling. Given something to climb on the twining vine can grow 20′ a year. It may be pruned severely each year if you wish to control its rapid growth. Or it can run along the ground, rooting where branches touch and become an attractive ground cover. Easily naturalizes and requires no maintenance. USDA Zones 3-10.
Latin Name: Akebia trifoliata
Also Known As: Deep Purple Akebia, Purple-flowered Akebia, Three Leaf Akebia, Chocolate Vine
Pollination: Requires another variety of akebia for pollination.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. Requires arbor, trellis or some other kind of support.
Bloom Time: April
Harvest Time: Late September-October
Rootstock: Own roots
Yield: 10-15 lbs
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A guide to choosing the right size
1 Quart = Available for immediate dispatch. Plants are between 3in-36in in height. They are like small plug plants with deep (5in) roots that will get established very quickly.
Bareroot = Field grown plants that have been freshly lifted and supplied with no soil around the roots. Only available during the dormant period November-April.
1 Gallon & larger = Container grown or bare root plants (planted in containers while dormant) and can be planted all year round. Nursery standard container size (also called #1). The size refers to the amount of soil that the container holds which is slightly less than 1 gallon. Please note that at the moment we do not ship gallon and larger plants.