|Actinidia arguta is a vigorous, twining vine that grows to 30 feet with support. Attractive dark green foliage turns yellowish in fall. Greenish-white globular flowers have a delicate fragrance, are borne in clusters of three from the leaf axils. The fruits are greenish yellow, 1 1/2 inches long and 3/4-inch wide, with lime green flesh, and a mild melon or strawberry flavor. They are a good selection in cold areas instead of Actinidia chinensis, as an edible landscape addition. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Both male and female plants are required to set fruit. One couple can produce 10 gallons of fruit in a year.
It is a very adaptable vine, best planted in infertile soil to reduce vegetative growth. Needs lots of pruning which can be done at any time of the year. Cut back the stems each winter to 8 to 10 buds. It makes an effective and fast growing screen. Native to Japan and Korea.