Actinidia (Kolomikta Vine)

ACTINIDIA (Kolomikta Vine) Actinidiaceae A. Kolomikta

HABITAT:  Native to temperate E. Asia.  Zone 4-9.

USES:  Vine grown for decorative foliage.

HABIT:  A deciduous climber, growing 15 to 20 feet with small fragrant white flowers appearing in clusters in May and June.  5 inch leaves showing variegation - purple in young leaves maturing in late season to a variegation of pink and white.

CULTURE:  Set plants in a well-drained, sandy loam soil preferred in sun to partial shade.  Vines should be spaced 4 to 6 feet apart.

INSECTS:  Not generally a problem.

DISEASES:  Not generally a problem.

PROPAGATION:  Seed, cuttings in summer, and layering.

NOTES:  Plants are deciduous.  Foliage on male plants (ours are male) is more colorful.