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Silver Bells™ Chocolate Vine

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.
  • 84519
  • potted plant
  • $29.99
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Product Details

  • Botanical Name: Akebia quinata 'Silver Bells'
  • Height: 15 feet
  • Spacing: 8-10 feet.
  • Depth: Same depth as it is in the pot.
  • Spread: 15 feet
  • Light Required: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Pollinator: Plants contain both female & male flowers but do not self-pollinate readily- needs cross-pollination with a second variety to produce fruit.
  • Yield: 10-15 lbs at maturity.
  • Color: The blooms open in mid-spring in most climates, with three large, curved petals (actually sepals) of creamy white surrounding a rosy-red, star-shaped center.
  • Foliage: Large bright green foliage that remains evergreen in warm climates.
  • Blooms: Mid to late spring, remain for weeks, subtle fragrance.
  • Fruit: Lozenge-shaped fruit that makes fine jellies and jams.
  • Zone: 4-9
  • Form: Vine
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
  • 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.

Shipping

Most times, orders having items with different shipping schedules are held in full until the entire order is ready to ship based on your grow zone.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country using the shipping timeframes outlined below. We continually monitor weather conditions for extreme hot or cold and adjust shipping schedules as needed. Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items in July and August.

2019 Spring Shipping Schedule
ZONE All Other Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4A 5/5/19 - 6/21/19
4B 5/5/19 - 6/21/19
5A 4/1/19 - 6/21/19
5B 3/18/19 - 6/21/19
6A 3/11/19 - 6/21/19
6B 3/4/19 - 6/21/19
7A 2/25/19 - 6/21/19
7B 2/25/19 - 6/21/19
8A & B 2/19/19 - 6/21/19
9A & B 2/19/19 - 6/21/19
10A & B 2/11/19 - 6/21/19
Last Order Date 1A-7B: 6/17/19
8A-10B: 5/20/19

Additional Shipping Notes:

The type of product you order or the weather in our area to yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule, shifting earlier or later, depending.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until full dormant for optimum stress protection.

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx. Large orders or large items may be shipped to you in multiple packages.

Please note that we cannot ship outside the 48 contiguous states.

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