Hardy Kiwi Vine
Hardy Kiwi Vine
Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Self-fertile female)Item #0139 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Vigorous twining vine needs no pollenizer plant to produce an abundance of small, delicious smooth-skinned fruit. This climber offers glossy foliage and fragrant white blooms in early summer, making it a showy landscape specimen. Attractive on arbor or trellis. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Fast, twining grower to 20 to 25 ft. long.Key Feature:Edible FruitBlooms:SpringLandscape Uses:
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ak-ti-NID-e-a ar-GU-taPlant type:Vine - Requires SupportDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:1 - 10, 12, 14 - 24, 31 - 41Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast, twining grower to 20 to 25 ft. long.Special features:EdibleFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasKiwi vines are ideal candidates for training onto virtually any kind of arbor or trellis. Grow along the top of a fence line for a long run of foliage. Will arch over a covered gateway too.Companion PlantsTo create a warm season fruit garden, plant kiwi with other producers such as Dwarf Redblush Grapefruit, (Citrus paradisi 'Dwarf Redblush'), Southmoon Blueberry, (Vaccinium x 'Southmoon'), Flame Seedless Grape, (Vitis vinifera 'Flame Seedless') and Indian Summer Raspberry, (Rubus idaeus 'Indian Summer').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Prune annually to control size.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This is the signature genus of the Actinidiaceae family which includes many types of woody tropical vines. This species was named by Friedrick Miquel, a botanist of Utrecht, Holland. It was collected first from eastern Asia where it is native to Japan, Korea and Manchuria. Due to self fertility, this species has been grown for many centuries in China.Lore:The genus was named from the Greek for ray, by John Lindley in the early 19th century, referring to the radiating styles of the flower.