The hardy kiwi is an exciting vine to have growing in your garden that many people are unaware of. It is a robust vine that can reach 25' long. The foliage is beautiful, with splashes of cream and pink. The first few years the foliage will be green, until the plant is well established.
It has tiny little blooms in the early summer, but then, after a few years, it will produce kiwi. Not the large, fuzzy variety, but smaller and smooth. They are supposed to be very sweet and the skin is eaten as well, so they don't have to be peeled.
Our kiwi vines (you need to have a male and female vine to get the kiwi fruit) are planted on one end of our large grape arbor. They are 3 years old and are looking pretty established to me. I'm hoping that this year will be the year we not only see the pink on the foliage, but also some fruit on the vine.
As you go through the garden catalogs, planning you garden for next summer, have a look at the kiwi vine (Actinidia kolomikta) It's available at a lot of the nurseries.
For more information about this great vine, check out this post: http://wp.me/p1OXDF-Ug