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Actinidia arguta 'Weiki'

Weiki Hardy Kiwi

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Did you know you can grow kiwis right in your own back yard?  The fruit of 'Weiki' 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 grape so you can just pop them in your mouth - no peeling.  They're also healthy. Kiwi berries are denser in nutrients like vitamin C than fuzzy kiwis.
'Weiki' is a German cultivar that's hardy down to -35, and very vigorous. You can get both male and female vines of this cultivar. The male will give you flowers but no fruit, but without him around, the female won't give you any fruit either.  The vines are happy in full sun or part shade, though you'll get a better crop in full sun. Plan on frequent pruning and strong support...left unchecked, the vines can reach 40 feet.  A note of warning to cat owners: kiwi vine smells like catnip to cats, and they may harm foliage or dig at the roots.
Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June
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Landscape Use
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds
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Hardiness Zone
3 - 8