Hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta)

Full sun to part shade. Zone 5 – 7.


Hardy kiwi will grow in just about any soil type.


A vigorous, climbing, twining vine, hardy kiwis are low maintenance plants with beautiful foliage that is disease and insect resistant. While the plant is quite hardy, it is best to plant them in wind and late frost protected locations if possible. Kiwis produce large crops (up to 100 pounds per plant) of grape-sized, smooth-skinned green to red fruit similar in flavor to fuzzy kiwis. Prune annually for best fruit production.

Most female kiwi varieties require a male pollinator for fruit production.


Hardy kiwis are beautiful vines suitable for many landscape uses. Place hardy kiwis on well constructed arbors, fences, or high trellises capable of holding the heavy fruit yields. Well suited for home or commercial vineyards in our bioregion.


Hardy kiwi fruit is an absolutely delicious, nutrient dense fruit that is loaded with vitamin C and is high in other vitamins and minerals, especially folate and potassium. Hardy kiwi fruit is high in anti-oxidant effectiveness, pectin, and fiber. It is great for fresh eating, mixing with other seasonal fresh fruits, fruit pies, as well as being suitable for drying.

Varieties include:

‘Anna’ – Among the best and largest of the arctic kiwis. The fruits have a tangy, sweet, pineapple-like flavor. The skin has a red blush and the flesh of the kiwi is a beautiful emerald green. Pollinate with ‘Hardy Male’.

‘Cordifolia’ – A highly-rated, very sweet fruit. Prolific and productive.

‘Geneva’ – A very hardy variety with delicious medium-sized fruit.

‘Issai’ – Compact, self-fertile variety. Early bearing. Tasty fruit.

’74-32 Male’ – Male pollinator for Cordifolia.

‘Hardy Male’ – A pollinator for Issai, Anna, and Geneva.

‘Meader Male’ – Male pollinator for Geneva and Issai.


$22.00 / 1 gal., $27.00 / 2 gal.


To receive our free monthly newsletter, enter your email address and name below:

Visit Us

111 Another Way
Black Mountain, NC 28711

The last day of regular Spring hours is Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Regular Fall hours will resume in September, 2024.

If you have special plant requests, get in touch! Send us an email or call us at 828-669-6517.

Contact Us

(828) 669-6517

We are always open by appointment! Please call any time, any day of the week.

If you have special plant requests, get in touch! Send us an email or call us at 828-669-6517.