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Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine; Fiveleaf; Akébia à cing feuilles; Fingerblättrige akebie; Fiveleaf akebia; Mu tong)

Language: Japanese

Wikipedia Abstract

Akebia quinata (chocolate vine or five-leaf akebia) is a shrub that is native to Japan, China and Korea, and naturalized in the eastern United States from Georgia to Michigan to Massachusetts.
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Invasive Species

Akebia quinata, also known as chocolate vine, is a twining woody vine that grows quickly and, if left unmanaged, can cover, out-compete and kill existing ground level herbs and seedlings, understorey shrubs and young trees. Once established, its dense growth prevents seed germination and establishment of seedlings of native plants.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-High
Edible [2]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [2]  Monoecious
Leaf Type [2]  Deciduous
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Scent [2]  The flowers have a spicy fragrance, reminiscent of vanilla.
Structure [2]  Vine
Usage [2]  The peeled stems are very pliable and can be used in basket making; Plants have sometimes been used as a ground cover, but their method of growth does not really lend themselves to this use;
Height [2]  39 feet (12 m)
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Assateague Island National Seashore II 8621 Maryland, United States


Archips asiaticus[4]
Diaspidiotus perniciosus (California scale)[5]
Pseudaulacaspis cockerelli (false oleander scale)[5]
Xyloscia subspersata[4]


North America;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
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