Variegated kiwi vine, Actinidia kolomikta

Actinidia kolomikta is a very hardy, flowering vine species. The species belongs to the Actinidiaceae family and may also be referred to commonly as the Variegated kiwi vine. A. kolomikta can be found in Russia, Korea, Japan and China.

Actinidia kolomikta vines are fast-growing and reach between 26 and 33 feet. The plant produces fragrant, white flowers that can be seen blooming in early summer. After flowering the plant produces long, edible kiwifruits in the early fall months.  Its foliage is purplish-green when young and with age it is green, variegated with white or pink. A. kolomikta is a dioecious plant, meaning it has separate male and female plants.

A. kolomikta is cultivated for its fruit and attractive foliage. It can be seen on walls, fences or in garden areas. The species grows best in medium moisture, well drained soil. Full to partial sun is preferred and the vine is best suited for a cold temperate environment.

Image Caption: Variegated kiwi vine, Actinidia kolomikta. Credit: Ralf Roletschek/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)