Actinidia arguta 'Ken's Red'

Ken's Red Hardy Kiwi

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Did you know you can grow kiwis right in your own back yard?  The fruit of 'Ken's Red' 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 bite-sized and smooth skinned so you can pop them in your mouth like grapes.  In fact, with 'Ken's Red', the berries are red, so they even look like grapes.
There's more good news. 'Ken's Red' is hardy to -25, so you can be confident Chicago winters won't faze it.  Despite the name, 'Ken's Red' is female, so you'll need a male kiwi vine nearby for pollination. You can grow it in full sun or part shade, though you'll get a better crop in 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
Yellow, White
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge, Vine
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 9