Actinidia arguta 'Jumbo'

Jumbo Hardy Kiwi

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Did you know you can grow kiwis right in your own back yard?  The fruit of 'Jumbo' hardy 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 smaller and smooth-skinned so there's no peeling. This variety lives up to its name...'Jumbo.' The berries weigh up to an ounce each,  making each one a two-bite snack.
There's more good news. 'Jumbo' 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 in full sun. You will need a male variety nearby for pollination.  And plan for frequent pruning and strong support...the vigorous vines are large and heavy, especially at harvest time.  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
Screen/Hedge, Vine
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 9