|Actinidia arguta var. hypoleuca||Synonym|
|Actinidia arguta var. purpurea||Synonym|
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
|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 8b
|Plant Height:||25 to 30 feet or more but usually kept smaller|
|Plant Spread:||6 to 20 feet|
|Leaves:||Unusual foliage color
Other: 1 1/4 inch, hairless, greenish-yellow to reddish-purple fruits, each containing numerous black seeds.
|Fruiting Time:||Late summer or early fall
|Propagation: Seeds:||Self fertile
Days to germinate: 2 to 3 months.
Other info: Requires male and female plants to produce fruit or seed
|Propagation: Other methods:||Cuttings: Stem
|Containers:||Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Like many other parts of the Midwest, our spring came early in Iowa this year, with temperatures approaching those of summer. Unfortunately, we are back to reality now, with three successive nights of temperatures in the upper 20s. Some plants suffered visible damage, but many that I expected to see damaged breezed through the cold spell with nary a blemish! Come on into the garden and see what our early spring has wrought.
|Posted by bitbit (Baltimore County, MD - Zone 7a) on Sep 22, 2011 5:12 AM
Hardy kiwi produces smaller fruits than the tropical kiwi, without hairy skins. The male plants are sometimes planted as an ornamental, as it is a fast-growing vine which can have showy foliage (only some varieties) and produces fragrant spring blooms. It is much hardier to cold winters than other kiwi types. A male and a female plant are both needed in order to get fruit.
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