Actinidia kolomikta (male form)

variegated kiwi vine

Outstanding Qualities

Actinidia kolomikta is an elegant twining vine grown for its colorful foliage. The leaves emerge with a bronzy flush and then open to green with a large splash of white on the tip that will deepen to pink. At it best in shade the colorful foliage can brighten the woodland garden. Small creamy white flowers are hidden amongst the foliage in June, and are only noticeable by their delicate fragrance.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’, Osmanthus burkwoodii, Adiantum venustum, Acer crataegifolium, Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’, Acer palmatum ‘Shindeshojo’

Great Color Contrasts: lavender, blue

Great Color Partners: pink, white, silver

Culture Notes

This hardy kiwi shows its best foliage color in open to dappled shade and resents hot afternoon sun. It prefers a well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy and clay soils. Provide regular watering during dry weather. Light pruning should be done when the vine is dormant in winter and early spring.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: vine

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 18 ft. 0 in. (5.49 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: open to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering