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Fruit EdibleClimber Wall Shrub

Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (s-p/F)

hardy kiwi 'Issai'

'Issai' is a compact kiwi cultivar that produces small, smooth fruit in late summer to early autumn. It's self-fertilising, so does not need a companion to produce fruit. will grow to around 4m in height

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Actinidiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Requires sun and preferably acid soil. Will also require support, in the form of wires, trellis or pergola. May suffer from nutrient deficiencies on alkaline soils. See kiwi cultivation

Propagation

May be propagated by softwood cuttings, grafting or layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

See kiwi pruning and training

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus and phytophthora root rot

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