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Actinidia arguta 'Hardy Red'

Hardy Red Kiwi

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Did you know you can grow kiwis right in your own back yard? Not the grocery store kind. But the fruit of 'Hardy Red' kiwi vine is a cousin. The berries have the same sweet-and-sour taste, maybe a little sweeter. And they're smooth skinned so you can eat them like grapes. 
'Hardy Red' kiwi vine 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. 'Hardy Red' 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, Partial Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Wildlife Interest
Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 7