(Actinidiacea – silver vine family)
Hardy Kiwi is a deciduous vine which bears edible fruit. This strong-growing vine with dense, dark green foliage. The fragrant but inconspicuous white flowers appear in early June here. The fruit, which ripens in late summer or fall, is about 3/4″ – 1-1/4″ long. It tastes much like the commercial kiwi fruit, to which it is closely related, but is somewhat sweeter and has smooth skin. The seeds are very small and not noticeable, so eating the fruits is somewhat like eating large seedless grapes. Most selections should be hardy to around -30° F. In the native Asian habitat of this species the vines typically grow wild in trees, where they are known to climb as high as 100′. We offer several varieties of Actinidia arguta.