• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly climbs 20 to 25 ft. tall, spreading 12 to 20 ft., with support.
    Key Feature:
    Self-Pollinating
    Blooms:
    Early Summer
  • 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 habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly climbs 20 to 25 ft. tall, spreading 12 to 20 ft., with support.
    Special features:Edible, Fast Growing
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early Summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleRustic, Tropical
    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 PlantsRaspberry (Rubus); Grape (Vitis); Pomegranate (Punica); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers fertile, loamy, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Once established, water consistently; avoid soggy or overly dry soils. Fertilize in early spring and again in early summer. Prune back in late winter to control size. Provide trellis or arbor for support.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The A. arguta 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. This is the signature genus of the Actinidiaceae family which includes many types of woody tropical vines.

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