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Hardy kiwi

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.  

Botanical name: 
Actinidia kolomikta
All Common Names: 
Hardy kiwi, Kolomikta actinidia
Family (English): 
Actinidia
Family (Botanic): 
Actinidiaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Vine
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
Growth Rate: 
  • Medium
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial shade (4-6 hrs indirect light daily)
Tolerances: 
  • Alkaline soil
  • Clay soil
Soil Preference: 
  • Alkaline soil
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • White
Shape or Form: 
  • Multi-stemmed
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Screen
Time of Year: 
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
More Information: 

Size

A 15 to 20 foot twining vine

Tree & Plant Care

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.

Disease, pests and problems

no serious problems

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to Asia

Bark color and texture 

Stems are brown with obvious lenticels

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Leaves are simple and alternately arranged.
Heart shaped leaves are variegated with pink and white;  5 inches long.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Small, creamy white, slightly fragrant flowers 

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Fruit requires 1 male plant to pollinate up to 3 to 4 female plants to produce edible, greenish berries.