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Actinidia arguta Issai

Hardy Kiwi (Tara Vine)

A self-pollinator with scented, white flowers producing a small, smooth-skinned fruit that has the taste and shape of kiwi. Sweetest when picked after they have softened a little.

  • »  White flowers
  • »  Self-fertile, female plant
  • »  Edible fruits, 3-4 cm long, in October
  • »  Fruit has a smooth, green skin, that softens when ripe
  • »  Glossy dark green ovate leaves, 13 cm long
  • »  Less vigorous than the species
  • »  Bloom Time: Late June to early July
  • »  Flower Size: 2 cm

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  • Category:Vines
  • Hardiness Zone:4
  • Height:4-6 m
  • Spread:6 m
  • Bloom Color: White
Exposure
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Birds
Attracts Butterflies
Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
Deciduous
Edible
Fragrant
Heat Tolerant
Juglan Tolerant
Flowering Time
Lt. Spr-Sum
Summer
Habit
Climbing
Foliage Color
Green (dark)
Landscape uses
Screening (privacy)
Planting instructions
Container Plants
Additional Information about Actinidia arguta 'Issai'

In shorter growing seasons, pick the fruit before they ripen and place them in a paper bag with apples and pears to help expedite ripening.

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Actinidia arguta 'Issai'

Actinidia grows best in a rich, moist, slightly acidic soil, in full sun to partial shade. Plants need a trellis or fence to twine around. In late fall, pruning can be done to maintain size. In shorter growing seasons, plant in a large container and bring inside before frost, so the fruit can fully ripen.