Bower Actinidia, Hardy Kiwi, Tara Vine, Yang Tao

Actinidia arguta

Family: Actinidiaceae (ak-tin-id-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Actinidia (ak-tih-NID-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: arguta (ar-GOO-tuh) (Info)


Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage

Good Fall Color

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Chicago, Illinois

Urbana, Illinois

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Marietta, Mississippi

Binghamton, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Eugene, Oregon

Tillamook, Oregon

EASTSOUND, Washington

Port Townsend, Washington(2 reports)

Presque Isle, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

A monster-growing twiner. This can easily grow to 50' or more, if it has something to climb, and may be more plant than the average homeowner wants to deal with, like a wisteria. A. polygama is a smaller, less vigorous plant, to 15' or so, with small sweet tasty fruit.

The flowers are white, not purple.


On Nov 14, 2012, CBarking from Eugene, OR wrote:

Hello, I just discovered Hardy Kiwi and now I am obsessed with the texture and flavor. I must buy myself a pair "or" try to grow from cuttings of a friends plant. I am fairly sure the Hardy Kiwi I ate was "arguta." Yummmmy

I was wondering which tastes better: Actinidia arguta or Actinidia kolomikta?
Can Actinidia arguta and Actinidia kolomikta cross pollinate?
Does one species perform better than the other?
Can they be propigated from cuttings?

I live in Eugene Oregon and they seem to do well here.

Thank you for your time, Claudia


On Jun 17, 2005, ChiTown from Chicago, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted actinidia arguta in the back of our 3-story condominium in 1995. It took 4 years for the first one to bloom, another year before the male bloomed and I began to have fruit. But the male was not well situated for pollination and I only had fruit from the blossoms that I pollinated by hand. Last year a second, well-placed male began to bloom and the crop improved. This year the fruit set is large (athough less on the vines that are farther from the male) and I look forward to lots of delicious fruit in the fall. I now have 5 females and 2 males and one vine on a fence fully shaded by a tree that has never bloomed.

Here are a few things I've learned over eleven years:
- Be patient. Actinidia evolved to climb up through trees, like grapevines. The plant ... read more