Ba Yue Zha / Akebia last update 06-2014

DESCRIPTION: A vigorous twining vine with dense foliage. Climbs trees readily, but can also be used as a ground cover. Compound, leathery leaves are unusual in appearance. Evergreen in mild climates. Tolerant of partial shade. The clusters of fragrant, lilac-purple flowers appear in May. Fruit is a 2-7" long pod which turns purple and splits open when ripe in September or October. Inside is a core of edible white pulp which tastes somewhat like tapioca pudding with seeds. In order to obtain fruit it is necessary to plant two or more vines. Hand cross-pollination will likely result in heaviest fruit production (much fruit can be set as a result of a few minutes of hand-pollination). The vines in our planting,, which are about 15' apart, usually set fairly good crops of fruit without hand-pollination.\

Taste & Property: Bitter, neutral. Meridians: Liver, stomach.

Function: Reorganizes Qi of liver, relieves congestion.

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