Actinidia arguta 'Dumbarton Oaks'

Female Hardy Kiwi

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Hardy kiwi vine 'Dumbarton Oaks' 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 white flowers appear in late spring, followed in early fall with deliciously sweet, smooth-skinned fruit about the size of a grape.

'Dumbarton Oaks' is cultivar that was discovered in an old public garden in the D.C. area. It's hardy to -25, 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, producing over a 100 lbs. of fruit a year.  A note of warning: this vine smells like catnip to cats, and they may harm foliage or dig at the roots.
Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
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Hardiness Zone
3 - 8