• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Upright, semi-twining stems quickly reach 8 to 16 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Self-Fertile Fruiting Vine
    Blooms:
    Late spring, followed by fruit that ripens in late fall.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ak-ti-NID-e-a de-lis-ee-OH-suh
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Upright
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Upright, semi-twining stems quickly reach 8 to 16 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Edible, Fast Growing
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring, followed by fruit that ripens in late fall.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleRustic, Tropical
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsRosemary (Rosmarinus); Cranesbill (Geranium); Catmint (Nepeta); Grape (Vitis); Pomegranate (Punica); Raspberry (Rubus); Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly; allow soil around the crown to dry slightly in between. Feed lightly before new growth begins in spring, and periodically in growing season. Prune in late winter for shape and structure. Blooms and fruits on previous season's growth. Harvest fruit in fall after first frost; holds up to 3 months.Pruning time: late winter. prune side shoots back 3 - 4 eyes from the permanent framework. in summer, wayward new growth may be pruned to control shape.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This Kiwi cultivar is a product of a planned breeding program under the direction of Jean Renault, at a commercial nursery in Gorron France. The new cultivar was discovered as a seedling in 1995, the result of open pollination of the seed parent variety Actinidia deliciosa 'Hayward' unpatented. The pollen parent is unknown. The new variety was observed for several years, and first propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings in 2005, at a commercial nursery in Gorron, France. Subsequent evaluations of the variety have shown the characteristics to be true to type. Sold under the trade name Solissimo® in the U.K., this cultivar was was granted U.S. Plant Patent #23,457 in March, 2013. By comparison, the new cultivar is similar to the commercial variety Actinidia deliciosa 'Solo', with the following differences: fruit of RENACT' produces larger fruit that is significantly less pubescent and nearly cylindrical with blunt ends, as opposed to elliptical in shape.
    Lore:
    The native range of Actinidia deliciosa is China, however cultivars of this species are now grown commercially in many parts of the world. Known particularly for its brown, fuzzy-skinned, edible fruits, it is also grown for its handsome, ornamental foliage. The genus name Actinidia comes from the Greek word aktis, meaning ray in reference to the plant's growth which radiates like the spokes of a wheel. Specific epithet refers to the delicious fruit.