Common Name: Hardy kiwi
Origin/Ecology: Native to temperate eastern Asia
Habit: Fast-growing, twining woody vine. Grows to 25-30′ or more.
Leaves: Broad-ovate to elliptic deep green leaves, 3-5″ long, emerge in spring.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate.
Flowers and Fruit: Scented greenish-white flowers, to 3/4″ long, bloom in June and edible grape-sized smooth-skinned fruits (to 1 1/4″ long) mature in September-October. Plants are dioecious so both a male and female plant are required for fruiting.
Water Use, Soil: Grows in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil. Planting in infertile soil may temper somewhat rapid growth habit.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: This fast growing vine can be grown both for its beautiful foliage and its fruit. Rapid growth makes it suitable for a variety of cover-type uses such as on a trellis, arbor, patio overhead, fence, or wall.
Limitations: No serious diseases or pests.