Actinidia arguta 'Issai' - Hardy Kiwi - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design

Hardy Kiwi

Actinidia arguta 'Issai'

Also called Tara Vine

  • White flowers
  • Self-fertile female plant
  • Edible fruits, 3-4 cm long, in October
  • Fruit has a smooth green skin that softens when ripe
  • Glossy dark green ovate leaves, 13 cm long
  • Less vigorous than the species
  • Bloom Time: Late June to early July
  • Flower Size: 2 cm



4-6 m

6 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Actinidia grows best in a rich, moist, slightly acidic soil, in full sun to partial shade. Plants need a trellis or fence to twine around. In late fall, pruning can be done to maintain size. In shorter growing seasons, plant in a large container and bring inside before frost, so the fruit can fully ripen.

Additional Notes about Hardy Kiwi:

In shorter growing seasons, if frost is forecast, pick the fruit before they ripen and place them in a paper bag with apples and pears to help expedite ripening.

There is some concern that the species is invasive in some areas in New England. Consider Lonicera sempervirens spp or Parthenocissus quinquefolia as alternates.