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Actinidia melanandra

Common Name(s):
Kiwi, Purple kiwi, Red kiwi
Categories:
Edible Plants, Vines
Comment:

A deciduous climbing vine in the Actinidiaceae.  It has green leaves with bluish green underside; hairless stems.  The vines are male and female and both are needed to produce fruit though one male plant can pollinate 8 female plants.  While the fruit is edible it is not commerically available.  This vine is not frost hardy.  Should be planted in full sun with adqeuate support to climb on.  The plant can be found as nursery plant sometimes under the incorrect name Actinidia melandra.


Wildlife Value:  Flowers are pollinated by bees.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or diseases problems.  

Compare this Plant With:  Actinidia kolomikta, Actinidia chinensis

Height:
33 ft.
Flower:
White flowers in summer; small fruit
Zones:
6-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Texture:
Coarse
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade
Edibility:
Fuzzy purple berry with red flesh
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Climbing Method:
Twining
Tags:
nectar, deciduous, edible fruit, bees, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2246