• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Fast, twining grower to 20 to 25 ft. long.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Edible Fruit
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Spring
    Landscape Uses:
    Landscape Uses
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ak-ti-NID-e-a ar-GU-ta
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 10, 12, 14 - 24, 31 - 41
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast, twining grower to 20 to 25 ft. long.
    Special features:Edible
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Design 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').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.