Hardy kiwi vine 'Cordifolia' 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.
'Cordifolia' is a New Zealand cultivar whose family is native to Chinese mountains and forests. 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. A note of warning to cat owners: this vine smells like
catnip to cats, and they may harm foliage or dig at the roots.
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies