Variegated-leaf hardy kiwi

Actinidia kolomikta


The variegated-leaf hardy kiwi (Actinidia kolomikta) is a deciduous, woody vine that is native to parts of Asia, including Russia, China, and Japan. It is characterized by its attractive, heart-shaped leaves that are variegated with shades of white, pink, and green. The plant’s stems are slender and twining, and it produces small, inconspicuous flowers in the spring.

In terms of size and growth rate, the variegated-leaf hardy kiwi can grow to be quite large, reaching heights of up to 30 feet when trained to climb a trellis or other support. It is a relatively fast-growing plant, but it can take several years to reach its full size.

To differentiate the variegated-leaf hardy kiwi from other plants, gardeners should look for its distinctive leaves and growth habit. It is similar in appearance to other kiwi vines, but the variegation on its leaves sets it apart.

In terms of growing conditions, the variegated-leaf hardy kiwi prefers full sun to partial shade and well-draining, moist soil. It is also quite cold-hardy and can tolerate temperatures as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit. To cultivate the plant successfully, gardeners should provide it with a sturdy trellis or other support for it to climb and regularly water it, especially during dry spells.

The plant’s thick, twining vines can provide nesting sites for birds and other wildlife.


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