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Ornamental Kiwi

The ornamental kiwi vine, also known as 'variegated-leaf kiwi vine' or 'kolomikta vine,' has exceptionally beautiful leaves, is very healthy, and is easy to care for. It is an excellent choice for all locations where more demanding plants wouldn't thrive, or when only little time is available for gardening. Some Actinidia bring edible fruit similar to the edible mini kiwi.

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(Ornamental Kiwi Vine / Variegated Leaf Kiwi Vine. Latin: Actinidia Kolomikta)

White-pink leaf colouring of a decorative kiwi
White-pink leaf colouring of a decorative kiwi

Requirements / Price

Position in sun or in shade, protected from the wind if possible. In direct sunlight the colour 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 metres.

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Characteristics and Pruning

This vine, with exceptional filigree leaves, grows by twining its shoots around a support, but in most cases it will need some help binding the shoots by hand to grow high. It generally grows up to 2-3 metres, but sometimes as high as 5 metres. 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 - October/November. The vine flowers in June/July with small white flowers. The bluish black fruits appear only on female plants-- for example, with the Russian variety "Klara Zetkin." Actinidia Polygama is similar in appearance but the fruit is bitter.

Climbing Aids for the Facade

The ornamental kiwi does well on small trellises: the table at the bottom of the page indicates all compatible designs. Choose a wire rope trellis in the medium, basic or basic-s ranges.

Suitable wire rope trellises?

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Pink Actinidia kolomikta on a double garage
Actinidia kolomikta on a wire rope as street greenery
Small trellis with kolomikta vine
Ornamental kiwi vine on a façade in late summer

Wire Rope Trellises for Ornamental Kiwi

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 = suitable        = sometimes suitable      = not suitable