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Chocolate Vine

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Bears Sweet-Flavored Fruit and Smells Like Chocolate!

This 15- to 20-ft. vine not only smells like dessert, it also produces loads of lovely, lilac-purple flowers from May through June. Hardy in Zones 4-9, Chocolate Vine bears unique, leathery leaves that grow in attractive clusters and are evergreen in milder climates. Can be used as a climber on arbors, trellises and fences or as a lush ground cover. Large, edible seedpods ripen in early autumn and taste like tapioca pudding! Prefers full sun to partial shade. Plant two varieties for pollination. Potted plants.

Zones: 4-9
Height: 15 - 20 feet.
Shade Requirement: Partial shade to full sun.

Chocolate Vine
  • 80663
  • Quantity
  • Price

  • For each offer ordered, get 1 plant.
  • $14.99
Silver bells Chocolate Vine
  • 84519
  • Quantity
  • Price

  • For each offer ordered, get 1 plant.
  • $16.99

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We ship this item in both Spring & Fall.
We'll carefully pack and ship your order at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone.

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Chocolate Vine Product Details

Botanical Name: Akebia quinata (Violet)

Height: 15 - 20 feet.

Spacing: 8' - 10'.

Depth: Same as in the nursery.

Spread: 15 - 20 feet.

Sun/Shade: Partial shade to full sun.

Pollinator: Plants contain both female & male flowers but do not self-pollinate readily- needs cross-pollination with a second variety to produce fruit. Can use Silverbells Chocolate Vine # 84519.

Yield: 10-15 lbs at maturity.

Color: Lilac-purple to plum-red

Foliage: Unusual looking leathery leaves in clusters of 5, evergreen in mild climates.

Blooms: April- May

Fruit: Large seed pods, oval shaped - 2 1/4" to 4" in length - the inside of the pod has a whitish pulpy core with tiny black seeds

Form: Vine

Soil Requirements: Normal soil. Prefers a soil with a ph between 6.0 - 8.0.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Pruning: Prune in Spring after flowering if needed. Can be cut back to ground level at the end of growing season.

Size: Small 3 petaled blossoms. The female flowers are significantly larger than the male flowers, about twice as large. The calyx on female flowers is about 2cm, male flowers calices are approximately 1 cm.

Comments: Very fragrant blooms. Sweet smell likened to chocolate. Fruit has a white gelantinous pulp with a unique tapioca-like flavor.

Unable to ship to: AE AK GU HI PR


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2014-05-31
Very nice!
Reviewed By: Debbie (Pittsford, MI)
Got my choc vine (silver bells) yesterday. Our frost date was Monday so timely shipping. Very nice plant - 7-8", very green. Good start!


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2012-03-02
50/50
Reviewed By: Eric (Opp, al)
I have received my two vines (one of each Variety) the silver bell seems fresh and alive....How ever the other is very small and seems half dead...I guess time will tell, like the title only 50% of my orders seem to arrive with any excitement


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2011-04-12
Wow!
Reviewed By: Chris (Muncy, PA)
"Wow! This was so lush when I received it. Watered it right away, and put it in a window. It shot off and grew 5"" in one week! There were at least 4 shoots coming up at the base also. It kept going, so I pinched off the main vine to give the base plant more growth, I gave it a support, and I planted it today. Very satisfied with the plant I received! "


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2010-06-24
Pathetically small for the price
Reviewed By: Kelly (Falls Church, VA)
"I was really surprised when I finally received this. First I had to wait until it was really, really warm outside before they even delivered it. Then it was all of 3 inches tall. I called, and they sent a new one. This one had two branches 1 inch tall, one branch 3 inches, and one branch 5 inches. For the price I would expect more than what later told me was only a ""starter plant"". In 2 months it's only grown 2 inches! I'll see what it's doing in 10 years-maybe it will have grown. Disappointing."


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2010-06-16
Green thumb
Reviewed By: Alya Ross (Watsonville, California)
my plants arrived with white leaves and stems. Been in the box for way too long before being shipped. That seems common here. But With very careful introduction to sunlight I will get them to thrive. Gurney really has to start boxing right before shipping. I get most of my plants with white stems and leaves and very few times with green leaves.


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2010-04-27
Smaller than expected
Reviewed By: Loraleigh (Saint George, Utah)
I ordered two of these and got them in the mail today. While they look really healthy, I somewhat expected them to be bigger for $12.95 a pop. The product details don't specify the size, so the description and photo leads you to believe these are bigger plants. They're each about 4 inches tall - hope they grow quick. They're going to look pretty pitiful when I first plant them.


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2010-04-08
5 leaf akebia
Reviewed By: Martha (Jackson, MS)
Ididn't get mine here; I've had mine several years and it is even evergreen in the winter here down south, just not as prolific in winter. There is a white flowering variety as well (called vanilla)


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2010-03-25
Great delivery
Reviewed By: Tama Marks (Geneva, Ohio)
Great delivery. Plant arrived still moist and in a very thick/sturdy cardboard cover around whole plant.Plant container itself was surrounded by thick plastic cover. Love the packaging. The best I've had so far. The plant is very green and leaves look very healthy. I can't wait to plant it.


Chocolate Vine
  • 80663
  • Quantity
  • Price

  • For each offer ordered, get 1 plant.
  • $14.99
Silver bells Chocolate Vine
  • 84519
  • Quantity
  • Price

  • For each offer ordered, get 1 plant.
  • $16.99


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