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Actinidia polygama

Chinese cat powder

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height4m to 6m
  • Spread0.4m to 1.2m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green, silver

Description

Actinidia polygama (Chinese cat powder). This species is a deciduous climber. The leaves are elliptic or ovate-oblong and are about 15cm long. They are splashed with white or silver and then turn dark green when the plant flowers. Flowers are produced in clusters of fragrant white blooms with yellow centres in the early summer. The female plants will bear edible smooth green fruits maturing to orange-yellow.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Silver vine

Origin

E. Asia

Interest and use

Grown for both foliage and floral effect.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.5 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow this climber in fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny position.

Propagation

Sow the seed in a cold frame in the autumn or spring, or propagate by root or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Usually trouble free.

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