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Actinidia chinensis

Kiwi

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height8m to 10m
  • Spread0.5m to 0.75m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourCream yellow
  • Leaf ColourDull green

Description

Actinidia chinensis (Kiwi). This is a fruit-bearing vine that will grow very fast. It is an attractive climber for problem areas in your garden. It will grow in lots of soil conditions. It can also be trained to cover fences or walls. You will need to provide sturdy support as they can grow to a length of 10m.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Yang-tao, Chinese gooseberry

Origin

East Asia

Interest and use

Fruit, climbing, privacy with bold leaves. Used in traditional Chinese medicine as a diuretic, febrifuge and sedative.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy to frost tender, min 10C. They will prefer partial shade and can be grown in any well drained soil that will not dry out. Prune in winter if necessary. Shelter from the wind. Under glass, grow in loam based potting compost. To obtain fruit both male and female plants are required.

Propagation

Propagation is by seed in the spring or autumn, by semi-ripe cuttings in mid-summer or by layering in the winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free

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