Actinidia Species, Arctic Beauty Kiwi, Kiwi Vine, Kolomikta Vine

Actinidia kolomikta

Family: Actinidiaceae (ak-tin-id-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Actinidia (ak-tih-NID-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: kolomikta (koh-loh-MIK-tuh) (Info)


Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


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:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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:

Lapine, Alabama

Juneau, Alaska

Knik-Fairview, Alaska

Lakes, Alaska

Meadow Lakes, Alaska

Tanaina, Alaska

Wasilla, Alaska

Los Altos, California

Sacramento, California

Hampton, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Des Plaines, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Great Bend, Kansas

Fallston, Maryland

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Battle Creek, Michigan

Grand Ledge, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota(2 reports)

Wesson, Mississippi

Helena, Montana

Plattsmouth, Nebraska

Sunapee, New Hampshire

Constable, New York

Henrietta, New York

New York City, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Ashland, Oregon

Canby, Oregon

Cheshire, Oregon

Portland, Oregon(7 reports)

Sarver, Pennsylvania

Somerset, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Houston, Texas

Kaysville, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Lexington, Virginia

Poulsbo, Washington

Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 31, 2015, McKenzie_Jones from Toronto,
Canada wrote:

Growing two male vines in a very sunny dry spot - I wanted to avoid attracting raccoons to the fruit. I had variegation on both in the first year, but it doesn't last long. Small white flowers are very fragrant. It is hard to train the green wood - has a mind of it's own. I'm in Toronto Ontario Canada and we get quite a freeze, but these two don't mind. The lower areas of the vine are pretty sparse, but I've planted nasturtium at the base and they fill the whole base out and climb half way up the vine. My vines have not grown quickly like others report. Growth is only until the summer heat hits. Up to about 7 feet in 3 years.


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

An attractive plant rarely troubled by pests or diseases, and its fruit is delicious.

But this is a monster-growing twiner. It 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 Jun 24, 2011, kasidi from Constable, NY wrote:

Let me first say that I live in the most Northernmost part of New York state, literally on the U.S. Canadian border. Zone map states this is a zone 4, however, we seem to be in a pocket of Zone 5, as at least half of my massive garden consists of zone 5 plants. We planted three hardy kiwi vines three years ago. Two were purchased together as Arctic Beauty male and female set..the third was purchased separately, a Ruby Red kiwi vine and was supposed to be a female, as a matter of fact, it still has the original tag on the plant from the company I purchased it from that clearly states it's a female. I did not know exactly how to plant them, but did know that they needed a strong trellis. We built a huge trellis from cedar, stuck the plants in the ground and let them go. They get full d... read more


On Jul 1, 2009, redclover from Plattsmouth, NE wrote:

We have four arctic beauty kiwi vines. None of them have any pink; they're four years old and this is the first year white varigation has shown up. They've reached 15 ft. and are still going. They flowered for the first time this year, too. I'm a bit puzzled about that. They had white bloom, not purple, and all four are setting fruit. I thought we'd need a male, and was disappointed when all four bloomed, but I guess they pollinated somehow. You might want to plant extras - we put in 8 and four died the first year.


On May 14, 2009, Nan from SW, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I've found that the variegation doesn't last long, and I'm wondering if the summer heat in my area may have something to do with that.
The stems definitely have 'minds of their own'...they'll wind and twine around anything in sight.
A strong support is eventually needed.
The flowers are simple, but are plentiful, very fragrant and BEES absolutely love them.
I'm unsure as to whether my plant is male or female, as I've not noticed any fruits. I admit I haven't paid close attention, as the plant is grown in an 'out of the way' place in my yard.


On Mar 5, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Have strong shade tolerance for me. It will grow in woodland shade but very slowly with no variegation the first few years then once it reach better sunlight it will show more variegation and grows more quickly. I have it grow in old fashion lilac that is at least 27 years old. Will rhizome? rarely - I have found a few young speciments 4 to 5 feet from the parent plant - no fruits are producted because there are not any opposite sex to pollinate. When the vines is overhead you can see the large amount of flowers being producted and the flowers hang downward so product a excellent arbor. The flowers product a fragrance smell and then the flowers shed enmass on the ground making it look like flurries have landed on the ground. Have brittle stems that break easily especially in the winter tim... read more


On Mar 4, 2008, ltalent from New York, NY wrote:

I've grown kiwi (male) in a large pot in part sun. It's been pretty successful, but the pink/white disappears pretty quickly. (It's gorgeous while it lasts.) I knew I didn't quite have the sun for it but it suits my other needs, shape, colour and size. It has over-wintered well in zone 5 with the plastic pot siting atop of wood planks in a protected spot.


On May 31, 2006, dorasgarden from Spokane, WA, WA (Zone 4a) wrote:

I started plants from seeds from a store bought kiwi about 10 yrs ago. (Ended up with 3 healthy plants.) They were planted on the fence line and and grew up into trees. Last year was the first year they produced fruit and they were literally covered. We cut them back to about 5 feet and picked the fruit off the vines as we cut them back. They were in mostly shade and the fruit didn't ripen well. This year I dug them up, cut the root ball back to fit in a large pot. (They were just beginnng to bud out.) And am moving them to a spot with almost full sun. So, we'll see. Has anyone out there grown kiwi in pots?


On Aug 28, 2003, Wildside wrote:

We have laid the foundation for 10 Kiwi plants and with cement setting on each Trellis. I will be starting with 3 Saanichton, 2 Anna's, 1 Hardy Male, a Cordifolia, a Dunbarton and 2 Kolomikta's. They are of various ages and we shall see how they take to our location, soil and how long before we have flowers and hopefully fruit as well as their natural beauty.


On Jun 25, 2003, pixforu wrote:

I haven't grown this plant, but I just saw the most beautiful specimen at the Calgary Zoo! Yes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada! If it will grow here, it will grow anywhere.


On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This kiwi is a relatively fast-growing, deciduous, woody vine which typically grows 15-20' and features tiny, slightly fragrant, greenish-white flowers in early summer and attractive, heart-shaped (to 5" long), green foliage variegated with white and/or pink. Flowers are not particularly showy since they are often hidden by the foliage. Juvenile foliage is purplish green. This species is dioecious (separate male and female plants), and the male plants reportedly have better leaf variegation than the female plants. Greenish-yellow, 1" long, edible fruits appear on female plants in early fall.


On Aug 9, 2001, killerdaisy from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This vine is grown for it's heart-shaped foliage, which opens purple and matures to bright green marked with splashes of white and pink. It's flowers, though fragrant, are inconspicuous. Grapelike berries produced by the female plant are edible and ripen in fall. Train this vine to cover a fence or arbor, it can grow to twenty feet. Cats can be attracted to it's leaves, shredding them happily.