Issai Hardy Kiwi Tree
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Issai Hardy Kiwi Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
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Issai Hardy Kiwi

Actinidia arguta 'Issai'
Shipping Spring of 2022
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Privacy screens: everybody wants 'em - everybody NEEDS 'em - but sometimes those boring evergreens just. Don't. Cut it.

What if - and bare with us here - your privacy screen could provide you with flowers? Or even FRUIT?! If you like where we are headed, you may want to consider the delectable Issai Hardy Kiwi as your new privacy screen!

This self-pollinating Kiwi variety can be trained along a fence (or trellis, whatever you wish!), and will provide great three season privacy. You'll look forward to the faint fragrance of the delicate white flower clusters each Summer, and the glossy green foliage that will provide that privacy. Then, the real fun begins! In late Summer to early Fall, you'll get to enjoy all the grape-sized, fuzzless Kiwi that your heart desires! From the pollinators to the wildlife, everyone loves this guy - and we're sure you will too!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Native to China, Japan, and eastern Asia, Hardy Kiwi is found thriving in woodland, mountainous regions. Known as a deciduous and rapid-growing vine, the fruits that sprout up are grape-sized and edible. A very rapid grower, Hardy Kiwis can grow up trees over 100' tall!

The Details

"Issai is an all-in-one vine! A self-pollinator, you will not need to plant more than one to produce the sweet, grape-sized fruits in the fall. The fruits can be eaten in full like a grape and are the sweeter, smaller version of the true Kiwi. Blooms start to open in June and produce lovely green-white fragrant flowers. Issai is also known for the stunning deep green foliage that is sure to make it pop in your landscape.

Height: 12-20 ft
Spread: 3-5 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage: Deep Green
Fall Foliage: Deep Green
Zone: 3-8"

How to Grow

Issai is a more self-sufficient kiwi that does not require as much attention to thrive. For successful growth, you'll want to ensure that the soil has average to medium moisture that is also well-draining. If planting in infertile soil, the growth rate may be negatively impacted and slow the growth. Issai can be successful in full sun to part shade with no detrimental consequences. Hardy Kiwi requires frequent pruning, once in winter and another in summer. Winter pruning should consist of cutting back stems up to 10 buds. In summer, any excessively long shoots should be removed. Issai does not have a rapid growth habit, unlike other Hardy Kiwi varieties, requiring minor pruning.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun to Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 12-20', As Trained
Avg Mature Width 3-5', As Trained
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color White
Flower Time Early Summer
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Time Late Summer to Early Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen No
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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