|Actinidia deliciosa, somtimes referred to as Actinidia chinensis of gardens, has become a very popular vine, primarily grown for the kiwi fruits. However it also boasts attractive foliage and fragrant creamy white 1 1/2-inch flowers in summer. Foliage is born from thick reddish brown, hairy shoots. Leaves are broad and ovate, heart-shaped, reaching up to 8 inches long. The fruit can reach 2 inches across, is encased in a brown fuzzy skin and has lime-green interior flesh. Fruits are a better source of vitamin C than oranges and have a pleasant, tart, almost strawberry-like flavor.
Requires moist, well drained soil, and partial shade to full sun. It is fast growing and makes a good cover on a fence, trellis or arbor, reaching up to 30 feet. Several cultivars are available and it is becoming increasingly popular as an edible, deciduous landscape feature as well as a fruit crop. The cultivars, 'Blake', 'Bruno', Hayward', and 'Saanichton' are female with 'Blake' being self-fertile. 'Matua' and 'Tomuri' are male cultivars.