Hardy kiwi vine 'Ananasnaya' is female, and that's important to
know if you want to grow it for the fruit as well as the flowers,
because you'll need a male vine for pollination. The fragrant clusters
of ivory-white flowers appear in late spring, followed in September with
deliciously sweet, smooth-skinned fruit about the size of a grape.
It's hardy to -35, so you can be confident Chicago winters
won't faze it. It's not fussy about soil. And it's happy in full sun or
part shade. However, it will need frequent pruning and strong
support...the vines are heavy and at maturity bear 50 - 150 lbs of "kiwiberries" a year. A note of warning to cat owners: this vine smells like
catnip to cats, and they may harm foliage or dig at the roots.