Did you know you can grow kiwis right in your own back yard? The fruit of 'Michigan State' kiwi vine is a
cousin of the familiar grocery store kiwis. The berries have the same sweet-and-citrus taste, but
sweeter. They're smooth-skinned and about the size of a small plum so you eat them from your hand like grapes - no peeling. They're also healthy. Kiwi berries are denser in nutrients like vitamin C than fuzzy kiwis.
This particular variety was discovered in 1980, growing on the fence of a tennis court at Michigan State University. It's vigorous and hardy down to -35, 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 kiwi vine for pollination. And plan on 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.