The Ornamental Kiwi Vine, also known as Variegated-Leaf Kiwi Vine has exceptionnaly beautiful leaves, is very healthy and easy to care for. It is an excellent choice for all positions and locations where more demanding plants wouldn't thrive, or when only little time is available for gardening. Some Actinidia bear edible fruit similar to the edible kiwi.
(Ornamental Kiwi Vine / Variegated Leaf Kiwi Vine. Latin: Actinidia Kolomikta)
The ideal position is sunny or in shade, protected if possible. In direct sunlight the color of the leaves is more pronounced. The soil should be moist, slightly acid und rich in humus. Water the plant when the soil is dry, but excessive moisture should be avoided especially with calcareous soils. Distance between plants: 1.5 to 3 meters.
This vine with exceptional filigree leaves grows by twining its shoots around a support, but in most cases it will need some help by binding the shoots by hand to grow high. It generally grows up to 2-3 meters, but sometimes as high as 5 meters. It is frost hardy, but the new shoots will be damaged by late frosts. The male plants (only those are available) have variegated pink leaves from summer onwards. The leaves are healthy and last from April/May to October/November. The vine flowers in June/July with white small flowers. The black/blue fruits appear only on female plants, for example in the russian variety "Klara Zetkin". Actinidia Polygama is similar in appearance but the fruit are bitter.