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Climber Wall ShrubFruit Edible

Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny' (s-p/F)

kiwi fruit 'Jenny'

A vigorous, twining, deciduous climber to 6m, with large, heart-shaped, red-tipped, mid-green leaves. Small clusters of white flowers are produced in early summer, followed by hairy, brown, egg-sized fruit in late summer or early autumn. A self-fertile variety that does not need a pollination partner and should fruit within three years of planting

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Red
Summer White Green Red Brown
Autumn Green Red Brown
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
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

Grow in a sheltered site, in fertile, well-drained soil. Prone to late frost and wind scorch damage. See kiwi cultivation for further details

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings taken in the spring or by whip-and-tongue grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Climber and wall shrubs
  • Edible fruit
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

When grown for fruit, pruning is carried out in winter and summer. See kiwi fruit pruning and training

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus and phytophthora root rot

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