Hardy Kiwi 'Issai' (Actinidia arguta) *Self Fertile*

A perennial climber native to East Asia, potential to reach 15m high/wide. Prefers moist soil and a sunny position – especially a south facing wall.  Flowers June/July with fruits ripening around October (Fruiting usually starts the autumn of second year).  This variety is self-fertile so does not require a second plant to produce fruit but may be more prolific with cross-pollination.

Fruits are similar to ‘fuzzy’ kiwis in taste although slightly smaller (about 3-4cm) and have a smooth, hairless skin which can be eaten.  Thought to be sweeter than other kiwis and contains a high level of vitamin C.  Can be eaten raw, cooked or dried for later use.


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