The hardy kiwi vine will twist and spiral up any support, but is best placed in a site where it can enjoy partial shade to avoid sun scorch. The twining vine has showy foliage of pink, red, silvery-white, and green and small, white, fragrant flowers in mid-May. They are followed by small, aromatic, sweet, fuzzy fruits.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall
Size and method of climbing
A 15 to 20 foot twining vine.
Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.
Consider planting male plants only for better leaf coloration.
Both male and female plants will be needed to produce fruits on female plants.
Full sun locations can lead to leaf scorch.
Well-drained soil is best.
Disease, pests and problems
No serious problems.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Asia.
Leaves are simple and alternately arranged.
Heart shaped leaves are variegated with pink and white; 5 inches long.
Small, creamy white, slightly fragrant flowers. Male and female flowers on separate plants (dioecious).
Fruit requires 1 male plant to pollinate up to 3 to 4 female plants to produce edible, greenish berries.