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Variegated kiwi vine

Actinidia kolomikta

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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 CharacteristicsPink, white, and green foliage. Fragrant flowers. Delicious fruit.

CareFull sun or part shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Provide shelter from strong winds.

PropagationSow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring or fall. Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

ProblemsVarious fungal diseases may occur.

  • Genus : Actinidia
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Type : Vines
  • Flower Color : White
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