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Botanical names:
Actinidia arguta Accepted
Actinidia arguta var. hypoleuca Synonym
Actinidia arguta var. purpurea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
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 8b
Plant Height: 25 to 30 feet or more but usually kept smaller
Plant Spread: 6 to 20 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Other: 1 1/4 inch, hairless, greenish-yellow to reddish-purple fruits, each containing numerous black seeds.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish-white
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Espalier
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
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
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Dioecious


What's Blooming in AprilWhat's Blooming in April
By LarryR on April 19, 2012

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.

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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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