Problem Plant: Five-Leaved Akebia or Chocolate Vine

Five-Leaved Akebia or Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata

Originally from eastern Asia, this vine was introduced in 1845 as an ornamental
plant. It has now been found to be infesting forest habitats where it can grow from
20 to 40 feet in a season, smothering native understory plants. It is considered
invasive in several mid-Atlantic states including Virginia.

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Tags: Forms impenetrable ground cover, Climbs and smothers shrubs and trees by twining, Colonizes by prolific vine growth, crowding out, native plants, Vine with exotic flower, Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata), Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), Pipevine (Isotrema macrophyllum), Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)