Did you know you can grow kiwis right in your own back yard? The fruit of 'Issai' kiwi vine is a
cousin of the familiar grocery store kiwis. The berries have the same sweet-and-citrus taste, maybe a little
sweeter. But they're bite-sized and smooth skinned so you can pop them in your mouth like grapes.
There's more good news. Unlike so many kiwi vines, 'Issai' is self polinating. It doesn't need a male vine nearby to bear fruit. 'Issai'
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, though you'll get a better crop iin full sun. 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.