Hardy Kiwi Vine...or In Other Words...Actinidia kolomikta

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Kiwi Vine and Limelight Hydrangeas,

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.

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Hardy Kiwi 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

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Comment by Judi Julian on February 27, 2012 at 7:14pm

Thanks for all your comments.

Kathy, I'm hoping for fruit this year too and I'll post photos if it happens.

My vine hasn't had the pink on the foliage yet, maybe this year.

I'm in zone 6 but I think it's hardy to zone 5 or lower since the tag said it was hardy to -40'. That is prettty cold.

Dorothea, I used to live in Johnson City, are you anywhere near there? I didn't grow it when I lived there though, but it should have been hardy enough to.

I'm on vacation and not at my computer, so I don't get to check online very often.

Comment by Dorothea Dankowski on February 27, 2012 at 5:13pm

I think I may just have to find an area for these in my yard.  They are beautiful and grow fruit to boot!  How cold does it get where you live?  Would it grow in upper TN?

Comment by Susan Tilghman Hawthorne on February 26, 2012 at 12:57pm

That's a beautiful vine, Judi, what zone to they grow in?

Comment by Kathy Tedrow on February 26, 2012 at 1:13am

This is my hardy kiwi's third year. I'm hoping for fruit. The tag said it could produce fruit the first year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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