Dr. Szymanowski Arctic Beauty Kiwi
The first hermpahroditic arctic beauty kiwi we’ve found, Dr. Szymanowski is the perfect vine for gardeners who only have room for a single backyard vine but still want to harvest delicious kiwi berries. Dr. Szymanowski also has particularly gorgeous variegated foliage.
Native to the forest of eastern Russia where it is called Kishmish, Arctic Beauty is the hardiest of all the Kiwi species. A beautiful vine, Arctic Beauty’s unique, light and airy foliage is splashed in the spring with green, white, and pink variegation. Male plants are especially colorful and are often planted alone for their ornamental value. Less vigorous than the Hardy or Fuzzy Kiwi and happier with some shade, you can use Arctic Beauty to cover the north side of a fence, arbor, or trellis. Enjoy fuzzless Arctic Beauty fruit skin and all like grapes.
Arctic Beauty Kiwi likes partial shade and grows 10-12 ft wide or tall. The fruit ripens in August and the plants begins bearing 1-2 years after planting. Arctic Beauty Kiwi is hardy to minus 40º F., and is not bothered by pest or diseases. A male plant is required for fruit product and one male plant can pollinate up to 8 female varieties.
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Latin Name: Actinidia kolomikta
Site and Soil: Arctic Beauty Kiwi likes partial shade and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 40° F
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 6-12 ft. in width on fence, trellis, arbor or other support.
Fruit Skin: Green
Bloom Time: March
Ripening Time: August
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Arctic Beauty Kiwi is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 3-7