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.
Screen/Hedge, Specimen Plant, Vine