Silver Bells Chocolate Vine

Silver Bells Chocolate Vine

Hardy to -25 degrees F, yet thrives in sweltering zone 10 heat and humidity, too!


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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.

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Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

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Silver bells chocolate awesome
Jnona from OR wrote on March 09, 2016

This was a slow plant to take off, but when it did wow... this year it is covered with flowers and anxious to see if they will fruit. and it survived our winter, but it was not very cold this year. I am very pleased with this plant.

Perfect vine for pergola
Anonymous from wrote on 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.