The most vigorous of our varieties, Silver Bells ™ Akebia Vine can quickly cover a fence, wall, or arbor. Silver Bells ™ Akebia produces profuse amounts of attractive, light pink, fragrant flowers and abundant, silver-blue fruit.
Use this unique, beautiful, semi-evergreen vine to cover a fence, wall, arbor, or trellis. Cascading deep green foliage accents the profuse, wonderfully fragrant flowers, which range in color from very dark purple to white. Native to Japan and China, Akebia can bear unique and unusual, light blue 4″-6″ long, edible fruits. When ripe, it splits open to reveal a row of black seeds in clear sweet pulp.
Akebia like full to half day sun and well-drained soil. It is hardy to minus 25 degree F., USDA Zone 4, and is naturally pest and disease-resistant. If fruit is desired, be sure to plant two varieties for cross pollination. Akebia begins blooming in April and fruit ripens in late September.
Latin Name: Akebia quinata
Site and Soil: Akebia likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: For fruit, plant two varieties for cross-pollination.
Hardiness: Akebia is hardy to minus 25 F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 6 ft. in height and 10-12 ft. wide on fence or other support.
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: Late September-October
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Akebia is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 2-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-43