Actinidia kolomikta 'Arsenev'

Kiwi

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Description

'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 note of warning to cat owners: kiwi vine smells like catnip to cats, and they may harm foliage or dig at the roots.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Creeping
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
White
Landscape Use
Vine
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds
Plant Type
Vine
Hardiness Zone
4 - 8