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Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Hardy Kiwi Vine)

Hardy Kiwi Vine 'Issai', Bower Actinidia 'Issai', Hardy Kiwi 'Issai', Tara Vine 'Issai', Yang Tao 'Issai'


Grown for its attractive foliage and edible fruit, Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Hardy Kiwi Vine) is a compact, deciduous climber that produces grape-sized, smooth-skinned, green fruits in late summer to early fall. While they are smaller than grocery store varieties, they are slightly sweeter and enjoy an excellent flavor. This kiwi cultivar is self-pollinating and does not need a companion to produce fruit. Pleasantly scented flowers are borne during early summer. They are not particularly showy since they are often hidden by the foliage or broad-ovate deep green leaves. Fast-growing, this Kiwi Vine requires much less pruning than the species due to its limited growth habit. Tolerant of heat, humidity and disease resistant, it is a rewarding plant with handsome foliage all summer long, delicious fruits and no serious pest issues.

  • Grows up to 12-20 ft. tall (3-6 m) and 3-5 ft. wide (1-2 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, it is best grown in medium moisture, preferably acid, well-drained soils. May suffer from nutrient deficiencies on alkaline soils.
  • Generally pest and disease free. Watch for honey fungus and phytophthora.
  • Flowers and fruits form on last year’s growth, so annual winter pruning of each stem back to 3-4 buds beyond the last fruited stems. Summer pruning to keep the plant in check.
  • May be propagated by softwood cuttings, grafting or layering

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Climbers, Fruit
Plant Family Actinidia - Kiwi
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 12' – 20' (3.6m – 6m)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Climbers, Fruit
Plant Family Actinidia - Kiwi
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 12' – 20' (3.6m – 6m)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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