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Hardy Kiwi

Actinidia arguta

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Also known as

Siberian Gooseberry, Tara Vine, Yang-Tao, Baby Kiwi, Bower Actinidia, Vine-Pear, Hardy kiwifruit, Kiwi berry, Arctic kiwi, Baby kiwi, Dessert kiwi, Grape kiwi, Northern kiwi, Cocktail kiwi

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Full Sun
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

5 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Collect fruit before the 1st frosts. They should ripen with a few weeks if placed in a bowl with other fruit. They can be stored in pierced plastic bags in the fridge for 3 months

More images of Hardy Kiwi

A Actinidia arguta plant with green leaves and red stems
A green Actinidia arguta plant
A close up of some white Actinidia arguta flowers
A close up of a green Actinidia arguta plant
A Actinidia arguta plant with green leaves

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Hardy Kiwi 'Ken's Red' - 14cm pot - Actinidia arguta

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Hardy Kiwi 'Ken's Red' - 14cm pot - Actinidia arguta

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Hardy Kiwi Overview

Actinidia arguta is vigorous deciduous twining climber from the Actinidiaceae family. Commonly known by the name Hardy Kiwi, this name refers to this plants frost tolerance. It is dioecious and thus produces male and female flowers on individual plants. They are small and non-showy, coloured white, to produce the small, smooth edible kiwi fruits, two plants are required. The cultivar Actinidia arguta 'Issai' is self-fertilising and thus doesn't require a companion to produce fruits. Prefers a fertile well-drained site in slightly acidic soil in a full sun location facing south or west. Fruit production is best in areas with a long growing season.

Common problems with Hardy Kiwi

How to propagate Hardy Kiwi

Cuttings

Grafting

Layering

Seed

Special features of Hardy Kiwi

Attracts butterflies

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Hardy Kiwi

Suits wall side borders in urban or courtyard gardens, it can also be grown over pergolas & trellis in sheltered cottage or formal gardens.