General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 12 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 3 to 5 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: 1 1/2 inch smooth skinned green fruits.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Other: Greenish-white
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Parentage: Actinidia arguta x Actinidia rufa

Common names
  • Hardy Kiwi
  • Tara Vine
  • Bower Actinidia
  • Yang Tao

Photo Gallery
Location: NW Oregon 
Date: 2014-06-02

Date: 2010-09-08
Location: NW Oregon 
Date: 2014-06-02

Date: 2009-07-05

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Vaughan, ON, Canada
Date: 2012-06-29
Location: NW Oregon 
Date: 2014-06-02

Credit USDA
Location: Sherwood Oregon
Date: 2016-06-27

Photo Courtesy of Secret Garden Growers.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-06-13
This plant is tagged in:

  • Posted by Toni (Sherwood Oregon - Zone 8a) on Aug 22, 2014 11:18 PM concerning plant:
    The Hardy Kiwi ‘Issai’ is a very aggressive vine. It requires a very sturdy trellis, most commonly constructed from at least four 4 x4’s for the anchor posts and 2 x 2’s as the top lattice. Also, the vine must be pruned at least yearly. The plant will take 5 years to set a decent amount of fruit. After 5 years it will be a very prolific producer of delectable large grape-sized fruits with soft edible skins that taste like the more common larger kiwis found in most grocery stores.
  • Posted by EdibleLSGardener on Oct 18, 2018 8:33 AM concerning plant:
    I got a new Issai kiwi from local nursery. All articles online say I should keep only one trunk for each plant, but I have 3 almost identical trunks from the root. Each has some smaller roots going to the soil. Should I separate it into 3 individual plants so each one will have a single trunk? If it is doable, what is the best time to do so?

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by Murky and is called "Tulips in various shades of red"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.