Actinidia coriacea | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The fruits taste like a gooseberry, not an egg.

Actinidia coriacea is a climbing evergreen plant from Asia. It produces small edible fruits that are sweet and juicy with a brown skin. They can be cooked but are generally eaten raw. The red flowers have a subtle but sweet scent. The leaves are a blue-green colour with a smooth texture. It will grow in most types of soil, but will prefer neutral or slightly acidic conditions. It likes partial shade or full sun, and moist soil. Give it plenty of water, but don't over water it.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 8
Spread [m]
  • 8
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 30 - 120
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Fruits & nuts
  • Fruits
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and Edible fruit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Simple food
  • For Beginners
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Kitchen garden
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years