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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. Site Akebia quinata ‘Variegata’ in sun to part shade planted in fertile draining soil. Akebias have fair drought tolerance once established. 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.

It is imperative that gardeners understand their USDA planting zones. If you are purchasing a plant or plants in the autumn shipping window it is your responsibility to know whether or not the plant is appropriate for fall planting in your zone. Generally we caution that plants at the northern end of their climate range are best considered for spring planting so they have a chance to settle in and grab hold to their new environs. If you purchase a tricky plant now and it perishes in the winter please understand that we will not take responsibility. If you are uncertain be prudent, wait until spring.


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