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.


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