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Akebia quinata 'Variegata'

Five-leaf Akebia

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Akebia quinata ‘Variegata’ – This is a gorgeous variegated version of the Five-leaf Akebia. With irregular splashes and dashes of cream in each leaflet it winds and twines up onto any support provided – and quickly! The ultimate size of the vine will have to do with the size of the support upon which it is trained. Peculiar rosy-purple flowers dangle from long pedicels, in strong contrast with the variegated leaves. A single vine will not produce the curious fleshy, violet-purple fruit (which is apparently edible) unless cross-pollination takes place. The fruits which can grow to 4 inches long I imagine would be especially showy among the cream-splattered foliage of this very pretty vine... but remember: this is a vine - an appropriate planting site should be part of your consideration. Site Akebia quinata‘Variegata’ in sun to part shade planted in fertile draining soil. Akebias have fair drought tolerance once established. For gardeners towards the northern end of its range spring planting is advised. Cutting grown.

Akebia, and in particular the variegated form, is an exceptionally beautiful vine... but it is a vine. Sage gardeners know that many if not most vines can be aggressive growers and potential spreaders. Plant it in the right spot where it can be a blessing; plant it in the wrong spot and you will likely rue the day.



20-40 Feet


Purple Red


(4b)5 to 8
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Characteristics and Attributes for Akebia quinata 'Variegata'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Climbing
  • Screen
  • Drought Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Asia

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown