Actinidia arguta 'Geneva'

Hardy Kiwi

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Hardy kiwi vine 'Geneva' was found, or maybe we should say rediscovered, in the Dr. Slate collection near the Cornell Experimental Station.

 'Geneva' is female, and that's important if you want to grow it for the fruit as well as the flowers, because you'll need a male vine for pollination. Once the vine reaches maturity, you'll be rewarded with deliciously sweet, smooth-skinned fruit about the size of a large grape.'Geneva' is hardy to -25, so you can be confident Chicago winters won't faze it.  And it's happy in full sun or part shade. However, it will need frequent pruning and strong support...the vines are large and heavy and bear about 100 pounds of berries 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.
Plant Shape
Full Sun
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge, Specimen Plant, Vine
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 7