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.
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.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade