Actinidia arguta 'Issai'

Issai Hardy Kiwi

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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.
Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 8