Chinese Gooseberry Actinidia chinensis var. deliciosa
Other plants called Chinese Gooseberry:
Previously known as:
- Actinidia deliciosa
Actinidia deliciosa is a dioecious, woody vine usually selected as an addition to individual's gardens because of its kiwi fruit and leaves. Since this plant is dioecious, if you want it to fruit, you must plant both a male and female plant of Actinidia deliciosa.
Meaning Behind the Name: Referring to a Greek word for ray, Actinidia's meaning shows itself in the shape of the plant since its vines spread out like rays or spokes. Deliciosa is much more obvious in meaning: delicious kiwi fruit!
Where to Plant: The overhead of a patio, the archway of an arbor, or even vertical spaces such as walls, fences, and trellises are just some examples of where this vine Actinidia deliciosa could grow.
Insect Pests, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Insect pests and diseases are not a major problem for this plant.
- Cultivars / Varieties:
- Cultivars / Varieties:
- chinensis var. deliciosa
- Life Cycle:
- Country Or Region Of Origin:
- Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
- light shade (dappled sunlight); insect pests, diseases,
- Climbing Method:
- Fruit is edible: it is sweet and tart.
- Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
- Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
Whole Plant Traits:
- Plant Type:
- Growth Rate:
- Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
- Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
- Soil Drainage:
- Good Drainage
- Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
- 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
- Fruit Color:
- Fruit Value To Gardener:
- Display/Harvest Time:
- Fruit Description:
- This plant has fuzzy kiwi fruit that is green and then brown, ripening in early fall. The fruit is tart and sweet.
- Flower Color:
- Flower Value To Gardener:
- Flower Bloom Time:
- Flower Description:
- Flowers are cream (or white/green), fragrant, insignificant (you cannot usually see them because of the large leaves), and bloom in late spring. However, flowers do not always bloom: the wood has to be a year old.
- Leaf Color:
- Leaf Value To Gardener:
- Hairs Present:
- Leaf Description:
- Shiny leaves that are dark green are also a big reason-- other than the fruit-- that people grow this plant. These leaves are large-- larger than the width of a person's hand and generally cover any spring flowers! The veins of this leaf can be easily seen, especially underneath the leaf where the mid-vein is sticking out a little bit.
- Stem Is Aromatic:
- Landscape Location:
- Vertical Spaces
- Resistance To Challenges:
- Insect Pests