Silver Bells Chocolate Vine
Hardy to -25 degrees F, yet thrives in sweltering zone 10 heat and humidity, too!
The blooms open in mid-spring in most climates, with three large, curved petals (actually sepals) of creamy white surrounding a rosy-red, star-shaped center. Unbelievably showy against the large, bright green foliage, they remain for weeks, releasing a subtle fragrance that is most welcome in the spring garden. So attractive, long-lasting, and unique!
After the blooms pass, the 2- to 5-inch leaves remain, creating a lush presence. And if you have planted another Akebia nearby, in late summer and autumn the vine will bear oblong blue fruits 4 to 5 inches long, filled with tart pulp and seeds -- very useful for canning.
Native to the Orient, Silver Bells thrives in any well-drained soil, and is quite floriferous. Expect it to reach 15 feet high and wide, and to remain hardy to temperatures of -25 degrees F. Give your garden a distinctive difference with this exceptional vine! Zones 4-10.
|Zone||4 - 10|
|BloomStartToEnd||Mid Spring - Late Spring|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Rose Companions, Trellises|
|BloomColor||Cream, Dark Red, Rose|
|HarvestSeason||Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid Fall|
|LightRequirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|MoistureRequirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|SoilTolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|