'Arsenev', like other Kolomikta Actinidia, has highly variegated foliage, with broad splashes of white and pink on its heart-shaped green leaves. Two things set it apart. It's reliably hardy to -30. And its berries are about twice the size of those on other Kolomikta kiwi vines. The berries
have the the distinctive taste of grocery store kiwis, but without the fuzz, so you can just pop them in your mouth. They're also
healthy. Kiwi berries are denser in nutrients like vitamin C than the
larger grocery store kiwis.
Kiwi vines need frequent pruning and strong
support. Left unchecked, these woody twining vines can reach 20 feet,
making them great for covering arbors or shading a patio. If you're growing them for the fruit, you'll need a male as well as the females. They'll they
grow well in part shade, but you'll get a better crop and more colorful
foliage in full sun. A
warning to cat owners: kiwi vine smells like
catnip to cats, and they may harm foliage or dig at the roots.