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Common Names: K

Kerria japonica
kerria, double-flowered
Kerria japonica pleniflora
Vetiveria zizanioides
Vetiveria zizanioides
Pleioblastus chino murakamiansis
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
kiwi fruit, hardy
Actinidia arguta
kiwi fruit, hardy
Actinidia arguta cordifolia
kiwi fruit, hardy
Actinidia callosa
kiwi fruit, hardy
Actinidia kolomikta
knotweed, dwarf Japanese
Polygonum cuspidatum compactum
kolomikta vine
Actinidia kolomikta
Sasa veitchii
Phyllostachys nigra

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Catalog as of January 02, 2016


(Actinidiacea - silver vine family)
"Kiwi fruit" About 55 species of climbing woody vines, native to Asia. Cultivated as ornamentals and for their edible fruit. Actinidias climb by twining; most species are quite vigorous and capable of growing to a large size. Plants are long-lived, having been known to produce fruit for at least 60 years. The fruit can contain several times as much vitamin C, ounce for ounce, as citrus fruits. The fruit can keep for weeks (or months, in some cases) if picked when mature but still firm and refrigerated. Tolerant of varying soil conditions, including infertile soil. Good drainage and an adequate moisture supply are needed. As is true of most other fruit plants, it is advisable to select a location with good air drainage in order to avoid spring frost injury. Not subject to serious disease or insect problems in North America at this time.

In most cases the vines produce only male or only female flowers. Only female plants will produce fruit, but male vines are usually needed for pollination. A few selections produce both female and male flowers, and will self-pollinate. Even with self-pollinating selections, however, it is probably best to include a male pollinator in the planting to assure good pollination. Under favorable conditions, the vines can yield heavy crops of fruit.

Various means can be used to provide support for the vines. They can cover trellises, arbors, or fences, or serve as a screen for porches. Overhead trellises have the advantage of making the fruit easier to pick, as it hangs below the foliage. Depending on one's gardening style, the vines can even be grown in trees. Properly pruned Actinidia vines will remain more compact, and will bear somewhat larger fruit. The vines can, however be grown quite satisfactorily without care.

All Actinidia selections, alike or assorted, $14.95 each / 3-9, $14.50 ea / 10+, $13.95 ea

Actinidia arguta `Geneva 2' (?) - Sep 27 Actinidia arguta `Geneva _?' - Jun 13 Actinidia argutaActinidia arguta
arguta decid vine • ht 30' or more • zones 4-8

hardy kiwi fruit; tara vine; bower actinidia

edible fruit, fragrant, screen, wildlife, sun
temperate e Asia

A strong-growing vine with dense, dark green foliage. The fragrant but inconspicuous white flowers appear in early June here. The fruit, which ripens in late summer or fall, is about 3/4" - 1-1/4" long. It tastes much like the commercial kiwi fruit, to which it is closely related, but is somewhat sweeter and has smooth skin. The seeds are very small and not noticeable, so eating the fruits is somewhat like eating large seedless grapes. Most selections should be hardy to around -30° F. In the native Asian habitat of this species the vines typically grow wild in trees, where they are known to climb as high as 100'. We offer the following selections of Actinidia arguta:


This and the following two cultivars are part of a series selected by the USDA. They are said to rate well for fruit size, quality, and productivity.

cat # 3C0R


A male pollinator for other A. arguta cultivars.

cat # 3C0U


Similar to '74-8', above.

cat # 3C0V


A self-pollinating selection from the Arnold Arboretum in Massachusetts. Appears to be a typical A. arguta in other respects (unlike 'Issai'), and will probably be useful for pollinating other A. arguta cultivars.

cat # 3C0Z


Said to be an outstandingly reliable bearer of relatively large fruit (to 1" X 1-1/2"). Fruit is said to be not quite as sweet as that of some other cultivars. Appears to be more resistant to spring frosts than other Actinidias and will supposedly produce blossoms on re-growth if the original growth is killed by frost in spring. Imported into the U.S. from Belgium.

cat # 3C0A


Fruit is said to have a pleasant pineapple-like flavor. Appears to be a different cultivar from 'Ananasnaja', above. A nurseryman from Tennessee, writing in the Fall '96 issue of Pomona reports that in 1996 his large vine of 'Ananasnaya' bore over 200 lbs. of fruit.

cat # 3C0B

'Dunbarton Oaks'

A female selection from an old planting in Washington, DC. Fruit is said to be especially sweet.

cat # 3C0E

'Geneva 2'

Bears fruit to about 1" long; ripens here in late September and October. From the Geneva, NY Agricultural Experiment Station. Very vigorous and reliably hardy here.

cat # 3C0H

'Meader male'

A male pollinator for other A. arguta cultivars. Can also be used to pollinate Actinidia callosa and A. purpurea.

cat # 3C0Q

'Michigan State'

A female selection from Michigan State University. Well regarded for fruit size and quality.

cat # 3C0N

arguta cordifolia decid vine • ht 30'? • zones 5-8?

(hardy kiwi fruit)

edible fruit, screen, sun
e Asia

A fruiting hardy kiwi vine, prolific with proper pollination. A lover of heights and a happy twiner around whatever is at hand. Full sun and good soil drainage are best for optimal fruit production although semi-shaded conditions will not be fatal. The large, sweet fruit, delicious when fresh, is candy-like when dehydrated.

cat # 3C3C

callosa decid vine • ht 30'? • zones 5-8?

(hardy kiwi fruit)

edible fruit, screen, sun
e Asia

A moderately vigorous vine with narrow leaves. Fruit is described as being oblong, about 1-1/2" in length, white with brown spots, and edible but tart in flavor. Actinidia arguta pollinators should be suitable for use as pollinators for this species.

cat # 3C1Y

kolomikta decid vine • ht 20' • zones 3 to 8

hardy kiwi fruit; kolomikta vine

edible fruit, fragrant, screen, sun - part shade
Temperate e Asia

Much less vigorous than Actinidia arguta, but more cold hardy - to about -35° F (some selections are hardier than that). The fruits, which are similar to those of A. arguta but usually somewhat smaller, begin ripening here in late August. Plants may prefer partial shade in warm climates; they do well here in full sun. They are sometimes grown in fruit trees or other small trees to provide shade and support for the vines. Said to prefer a high pH (probably around 7) although they do well here in our acidic soil. The male vines develop striking pink and white leaf variegation in late spring We offer the following selections of Actinidia kolomikta (Note: Please allow, as far as possible, for substitutions between the female cultivars of Actinidia kolomikta. Most of these are new to us, and we are not sure how the supply of the individual cultivars will hold up.):

Actinidia kolomikta male - Jun 6 Actinidia leaves Actinidia kolomikta male - Aug 19 Actinidia kolomikta male - Aug 19

Develops striking pink and white foliage variegation during the blossoming season. Use as a pollinator for female selections of Actinidia kolomikta.

cat # 3C4K


A female cultivar, selected for good fruit characteristics. Described as producing large fruit with high vitamin C content. (Name means "large fruit".)

cat # 3C4R

'Red Beauty'

A female cultivar.

cat # 3C4T

polygama decid vine • ht 15' • zones 4-8

(silver vine)

edible fruit, fragrant, screen, wildlife, sun - part shade
temp e Asia

Decorative leaves marked with silver-white to yellow add to the ornamental appeal of this species . The flowers, which appear in late spring, are 1/2" across, white and fragrant. The l" long, greenish-yellow fruit is edible. Vine is attractive to cats, which respond to it much as they do to catnip.

cat # 3C6A