Botanical Name: Akebia quinata
Common Name: Fiveleaf Akebia  
Plant photo of: Akebia quinata
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color

Pink, Purple


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses



Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Connon Nursery, JJ Neilso
  • Description

  • Notes

Fiveleaf Akebia is a vigorous, twining vine that grows 20 to 40 feet. It exhibits a delicate, woodsy look with dark blue-green palmate leaves and oval leaflets, which holds its color until they die and drop off with a hard freeze. Dark brownish-purple flowers appear in late March or early April, though they can be lost among the foliage. It does produce edible fruit, though for best fruit set, hand pollination is recommended. A lovely vine without the fruit, in any case, though again, quite vigorous.
Grow in sun or shade in nearly any soil except those being particularly wet. Is drought tolerant, and withholding water can help to control rampant growth. A good choice for trellises, arbors, pergolas, fences, and other structures; prune to control size.