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Actinidia kolomikta AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green and Pink in Summer
Green and White in Spring

Fruit

Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

kolomikta

Family

Actinidiaceae


Actinidia are vigorous, mostly deciduous, twining climbers with simple ovate leaves which are variegated in some species. Small cup-shaped flowers may be followed on female or hermaphrodite plants by edible fruits

A. kolomikta is a large vigorous deciduous climber with twining stems. Leaves ovate, those of mature plants tipped with silver, later pink. Flowers white, male and female on separate plants. Grown for foliage effect

Other common names

  • michurin actinidia

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

A vigorous climber that thrives in fertile, well-drained soil. Full sun is needed to bring out the colours of the foliage

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, softwood cuttings, layering or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 in late winter

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free