Hardy to -25 degrees F, yet thrives in sweltering zone 10 heat and humidity, too!
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Silver Bells Chocolate Vine

1-Quart
Item # 31172
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Akebia quinata 'Silver Bells'

Add unusual vertical color to the garden with this easy, adaptable vine!
Looking for a distinctively different climber for the sunny to partly shaded garden? Silver Bells Chocolate Vine is a very well adapted climber with stunning blooms in mid- to late spring, large bright green foliage that remains evergreen in warm climates, and lozenge-shaped fruit that makes fine jellies and jams. A lovely presence in any setting, it is a great choice to blanket an unsightly fence or decorate a pergola, arbor, or trellis.

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. Unbelievably showy against the large, bright green foliage, they remain for weeks, releasing a subtle fragrance that is most welcome in the spring garden. So attractive, long-lasting, and unique!

After the blooms pass, the 2- to 5-inch leaves remain, creating a lush presence. And if you have planted another Akebia nearby, in late summer and autumn the vine will bear oblong blue fruits 4 to 5 inches long, filled with tart pulp and seeds -- very useful for canning.

Native to the Orient, Silver Bells thrives in any well-drained soil, and is quite floriferous. Expect it to reach 15 feet high and wide, and to remain hardy to temperatures of -25 degrees F. Give your garden a distinctive difference with this exceptional vine! Zones 4-10.

Genus Akebia
Species quinata
Variety 'Silver Bells'
ItemForm 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 10
BloomStartToEnd Mid Spring - Late Spring
FruitColor Blue
Habit Vining
PlantHeight 15 ft
PlantWidth 15 ft
AdditionalCharacteristics Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Rose Companions, Trellises
BloomColor Cream, Dark Red, Rose
FoliageColor Medium Green
HarvestSeason Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid Fall
LightRequirements Full Sun, Part Shade
MoistureRequirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
SoilTolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Silver Bells Chocolate VineSilver Bells Chocolate Vine
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Perfect vine for pergola
from wrote (July 19, 2013):
Found the perfect vine for our pergola here and it had excellent descriptions of the plants themselves along with planting and pruning and general care. I can't wait to receive them. Very easy to use the site and buy. I highly recommend.
Akebia Quinata
Fiveleaf Akebia / Chocolate Vine

Planting:

Set out plants 15 to 20 feet apart in a light, well drained soil of average fertility. To train the vine to climb, provide a sturdy support. To use as a ground cover, plant away from cultivated areas as A. quinata produces invasive underground runners and stems that root readily upon touching the soil.


Maintenance:

Little if any fertilization is required, but water thoroughly during periods of drought. Prune every year, either in fall or early spring-don’t be afraid to prune to the ground to control this vigorous spreader.


Zones:

Zones 4 to 9

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.