Actinidia arguta 'Michigan State'

Hardy Kiwi

Try a New Plant Search

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.
Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge, Vine
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 8