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Fragrant Dusky-red Blooms in Spring!

Silver Bells Chocolate Vine

Item # 31172
Buy 3+ at $15.95 ea
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Hardy to -25 degrees F, yet thrives in sweltering zone 10 heat and humidity, too!

Add unusual vertical color to the garden with this easy, adaptable vine!
Looking for a distinctively different climber for the sunny to partly shaded garden? Silver Bells Chocolate Vine is a very well adapted climber with stunning blooms in mid- to late spring, large bright green foliage that remains evergreen in warm climates, and lozenge-shaped fruit that makes fine jellies and jams. A lovely presence in any setting, it is a great choice to blanket an unsightly fence or decorate a pergola, arbor, or trellis.

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.

Genus Akebia
Species quinata
Variety 'Silver Bells'
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 10
BloomStartToEnd Mid Spring - Late Spring
FruitColor Blue
Habit Vining
PlantHeight 15 ft
PlantWidth 15 ft
Additional Characteristics Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Rose Companions, Trellises
Bloom Color Cream, Dark Red, Rose
Foliage Color Medium Green
Harvest Season Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid Fall
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Perfect vine for pergola
from wrote (July 19, 2013):
Found the perfect vine for our pergola here and it had excellent descriptions of the plants themselves along with planting and pruning and general care. I can't wait to receive them. Very easy to use the site and buy. I highly recommend.
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