Akebia quinata Lardizabalaceae
Five-leaf Akebia or Akobin a-KE-be-a kwi-NA-ta
- Broadleaf deciduous (evergreen in mild areas) vine or ground cover, 20-40 ft (6-12 m), monoecious. Leaves alternate, palmately compound, 5 (sometimes 3 or 4) leaflets, each about 4-7.5 cm long, obovate or elliptic, tip emarginate (shallow notch), base rounded or broad wedge-shaped, bluish green above. Female or bisexual flowers have chocolate-purple, concave, fleshy sepals, 3 per flower, usually 2-5 flowers per cluster, each 2.5 cm diam. Fruit white to purplish, 6-10 cm long, sausage-shaped, edible.
- Sun to part shade. Benefits from annual pruning. Recover quickly when cut to the ground.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to Central China to Korea and Japan.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: Orchard Court on 30th St., unit 124; also behind Azalea House