Plant Care Akebia Quinata

Akebia Quinata

About Akebia Quinata

Akebia is a deciduous to semi-evergreen twining woody vine in the Lardizabalaceae family. It is a large vigorous vine growing up to 40 feet with palmately compound leaves. The red-purple blooms appear in early spring with leaves and can be lost in the five parted green foliage similar to plants in the Schefflera genus. The vine tolerates drought, wet sites, deer browsing, erosion and heavy shade.


Akebia quinata

Also known as

Chocolate Vine, Chocolate Vine, Chocolate vine and Five-leaf chocolate vine

How to care for Akebia Quinata


How often to water your Akebia Quinata

Water needs for Akebia Quinata
0.5 cups
every 9

Akebia Quinata needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Akebia Quinata

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Chocolate Vine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Akebia Quinata: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Akebia Quinata love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Akebia Quinata does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Akebia Quinata

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Akebia Quinata: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Akebia Quinata after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Akebia Quinata can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Akebia Quinata

Akebia Quinata

Akebia Quinata

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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