Silver Vine

Actinidia polygama

Family: Actinidiaceae (ak-tin-id-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Actinidia (ak-tih-NID-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: polygama (poly-gam-a) (Info)

Category:

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Variegated

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Solgohachia, Arkansas

Brookline, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Helena, Montana

New York City, New York

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 22, 2016, rjska from Oak Park, MI wrote:

No personal experience, yet.
Wanted to add to your comments about the vine that Wiki mentions that Asians have a variety of uses for the plant and fruit.

Positive

On Jan 9, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a smaller climber than the other hardy kiwi species, and this may make it better suited to the domestic landscape. It doesn't get more than about 15' tall, unlike the monster species A. arguta and A. kolomikta.

The fruit is astringent, but used in traditional east Asian medicine. The whole plant is highly attractive to felines, like catnip, and is used in zoos to sedate lions.

In other respects, it's mostly similar to other Actinidia---tough and adaptable, dioecious, with attractive large white blotches on the leaves of mature males.

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