Akebia quinata 'Rosea'
Pink Flowering Akebia. Similar to 'Silver Bells' except that the flowers are a dusty-pink with the same incredible fragrance. Equally as vigorous, climbing by twining. This plant is one of the more vigorous vines if one wants a quick screen or arbor shade. It is amazingly cold hardy and listed as zones (4)5-9. In more northern areas the plant is deciduous but in warmer areas, such as we are in zone 8, it is completely evergreen. It grows well in sun or shade. If other clones are present for cross pollination, one may witness the formation of sausage-like edible fruits in the fall. I cannot vouch for their edibleness, because after visiting Japan, they will expound upon the deliciousness of just about any food. But to me, many are rather tasteless. It has been described by one from the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden: "The pulp is tapioca-like both in texture and flavor, but to my palate there's also a hint of passion fruit." Which to me is like opening ones mouth and letting the sun shine in.