Actinidia arguta 'Rossana'

Rossana Hardy Kiwi

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Did you know you can grow kiwis right in your own back yard?  The fruit of  'Rosanna' kiwi vine is a cousin of the fuzzy 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 comes from Italy. 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.  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
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Hardiness Zone
4 - 8