Actinidia kolomikta | Also known as: Michurin actinidia | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

In the battle of cats vs. plants, cats will always win. They go crazy over Kolomikta and will destroy it before you can say 'Bad Kitty'

Actinidia kolomikta is an attractive climbing plant with heart shaped leaves, a native of China. When mature the plant will have pink or white leaf tips giving a very stunning display of colour. Perfect for livening up a boring wall or training around an arbour. The flowers are small and don't add much to the look of the plant; they are rather short lived, but they do give off a very nice fragrance, similar to the scent of lily-of-the-valley. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. This species was first discovered in 1856 by Carl Johann Maximowicz, a Russian botanist.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5 - 6.5
Spread [m]
  • 2 - 3.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Edible fruit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • For birds & bees
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years