Actinidia kolomikta is a deciduous vine growing to 30ft at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 3 and is not frost tender. At least one male plant is required to pollinate up to eight females (which produce the fruit). It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade, and prefers moist soil.
Pasha Male Arctic Beauty Kiwi is a great pollinator for our female Arctic Beauty variety, and also a fine ornamental vine which features strikingly colourful foliage. One Pasha Male plant can pollinate up to 8 female plants. Male Kiwi plants do not bear fruit.
Fruit – raw or cooked. The fruit contains up to 5 times the vitamin C. of blackcurrants. Fairly large fruits, up to 3cm across. The ovoid fruits are orange and hairless when fuly ripe. It contains a number of small seeds, but these are easily eaten with the fruit. Leaves – raw or cooked. The leaves can also be roasted and mixed with tea. The leaves are hallucinogenic and sedative. The leaves contain substances that make them very attractive to cats and for this reason they are especially useful as a sedative for lions etc in zoos. When consumed in large quantities the leaves can have a mild hallucinatory effect. Polygamol, which is made from the fruits, is used as a heart tonic. A dry decoction is used to treat colic and rheumatism.