Yes, these are kiwis we can grow here in Southern Ontario! They are a related species to grocery-store kiwis, and grow in a similar way to grapes on a long vine. They can be trained up a pergola, trellis, or even a tree, as well as being trained onto any system used for grape cultivation. They grow rapidly once established, but tend to only spread from the crown and not be dispersed by birds. Smaller than grocery-store kiwis (about the size of a grape), they are also ‘fuzzless’ and sweeter.
Male Hardy Kiwi is covered with fragrant, bright white flowers in May. This attractive, vigorous and easy-to-grow Male Hardy Kiwi can be used to pollinate all our female Hardy Kiwi varieties. One male plant can pollinate up to 8 female plants. Male plants do not bear fruit.
Fruit – raw, cooked or dried for later use. Sweeter than A. deliciosa, the kiwi fruit, the skin is smooth and can be eaten with the fruit. The fruit contains up to 5 times the vitamin C content of blackcurrants. They contain a number of small seeds, but these are easily eaten with the fruit. The plant is rich in sap and this can be tapped and drunk in the spring.