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Chocolate Vine

Bears Sweet-Flavored Fruit and Smells Like Chocolate!
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Chocolate Vine

Description
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.
Product Details
  • SeasonSpring
  • Unit of Measure1 plant
  • FormVine
  • LightFull sun to partial shade.
  • Height15 feet
  • Spread15 feet
  • Spacing8-10 feet.
  • Zones4-9
  • FoliageLarge bright green foliage that remains evergreen in warm climates.
  • ColorThe 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.
  • BloomsMid to late spring, remain for weeks, subtle fragrance.
  • FruitLozenge-shaped fruit that makes fine jellies and jams.
  • Soil RequirementsWell-drained soil.
  • Growth RateModerate growth rate.
  • PruningPrune in Spring after flowering if needed. Can be cut back to ground level at the end of growing season.
  • PollinatorPlants contain both female & male flowers but do not self-pollinate readily- needs cross-pollination with a second variety to produce fruit.
  • CommentsVery fragrant blooms. Sweet smell likened to chocolate. Fruit has a white gelantinous pulp with a unique tapioca-like flavor.
  • Yield10-15 lbs at maturity.
  • Botanical NameAkebia quinata 'Silver Bells'
  • SizeSmall 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.
  • DepthSame depth as it is in the pot.
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