Variegated kiwi vine

Actinidia kolomikta

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Variegated kiwi vine (Actinidia kolomikta)
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Genus:  Actinidia
Variegated kiwi vine is an attractive woody vine that tolerates shade. The male has lovely pink, white, and green variegated leaves and small flowers that are fragrant and cream-covered. This species needs both a male and female plant to produce its sweet, grape-sized fruit. The fruits have no fuzz, and the skin is soft and tender. Best fruit production is achieved in full sun. The cultivar 'Arctic Beauty' has smaller leaves but is hardy to Zone 3.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Pink, white, and green foliage. Fragrant flowers. Delicious fruit.
Care:  Full sun or part shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Provide shelter from strong winds.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring or fall. Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
Problems:  Various fungal diseases may occur.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Vines

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