This may be hard to believe. I planted this vine more than ten years ago and this is the first year it has bloomed when I am at the garden. I must have missed it so many times. Over the years there were a couple of leaves here and there but never any blooms. At least none that lasted for any length of time. Is this normal? I have no idea.
It was a surprise this past week when it started blooming, and lots of blooms!! It is planted here in the Asian Patio Fountain Garden and is perfect for the over-all “atmosphere” of that area. So happy to see that it has finally come into taking its rightful place in that area. Love it.
Though it was finished blooming in just over two weeks, the leaves will continue to add that special “feeling” to the patio!
Some information on the Akebia vine:
Chocolate vine (Akebia quinata), also known as five leaf akebia, is a highly fragrant, vanilla scented vine that is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9. This deciduous semi-evergreen plant reaches its mature height of 15 to 20 feet (4.5-6 m.) rapidly and produces beautiful lilac flowers from May through June. Since the chocolate vine growth rate is so fast, it makes an excellent cover for arbors, trellises, pergolas, or fences. Growing chocolate vine produces edible seedpods that taste similar to tapioca pudding.