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Hardy Kiwi

Actinidia arguta

Also known as

Siberian Gooseberry, Tara Vine, Yang-Tao, Baby Kiwi, Bower Actinidia, Tara Vine, Vine-Pear

Weiki02 by Björn Appel (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • 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

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





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.