Hardy Kiwi 'Issai'

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Hardy Kiwi 'Issai'

Hardy Kiwi 'Issai'

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Hardy Kiwi 'Issai' is one of Elke's Faves this season...this is what she has to say:

I’m in love with these little kiwis. I planted 3 ‘Issai’ 2 years ago and had a non-stop supply of these delicious grape-sizes fruit this past summer & fall. It was like I got a treat every time I went into my garden. Deeeeelicious! It’s also self-pollinating so it doesn’t need a companion to produce fruit.

Hardy Kiwi is fun to grow and will bear fruit that tastes similar to traditional kiwi fruit. Note: it will bear fruit in the fall season (September) of its second year.

Kiwi 'Issai' is a vigorous, fast-growing, woody vine that grows quite tall and can fill a 200 sq. ft. trellis in time. It's foliage remains a lustrous dark green throughout the growing season. Slightly fragrant, greenish white flowers appear in May-June and this cultivar does not require a separate male pollinator plant.

This variety is closely related to the traditional kiwi fruit which is found in shops, but it has the advantage of a hairless skin so does not need peeling. Fruit is about 1½ ins (4cm) long and is extremely high in vitamin C, delicious and very sweet.  The fruit tastes similar to, though slightly sweeter than, its larger-fruited relative, the true kiwi, Acinidia deliciosa, which can not be grown north of Zone 8.

Additional Information

Bloom Season Mid Summer
Colour White
Light Full Sun, Partial Shade
Shipping Season Spring
Depth 6 in, 15 cm
Spacing 36 in, 90 cm
Size 4" liner
Height 120 in, 300 cm
Hardiness Zone 3–8
Attributes Fragrant