Akebia quinata #2

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The chocolate vine gets its moniker from the rich purplish-brown blooms that smother the vine and from the delicate chocolate scent of the flowers. The vine produces glossy dark green leaves that are oval-shaped and grow in clusters of five. The vines produce many dangling purple flowers with three petals in the spring (March to May) soon after it is planted, sometimes followed by fruits that resemble eggplants late in the summer. The fruit it produces is edible, but not very palatable. If you choose to harvest the fruit, you may recognize that the akebia is related to the kiwi and has tiny black seeds embedded in the pulp. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Grows 15 to 40 feet long.