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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. Potted plants.

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  • 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.

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