Actinidia deliciosa | Also known as: Chinese gooseberry, Actinidia chinensis | Rating: 5 votes | Print / Pdf

No wonder this deciduous vine’s called deliciosa when it serves you up yummy kiwifruit ever year :-P.

Actinidia deliciosa you'll probably know as the kiwi fruit, but it's also known as the Chinese Gooseberry. This is a climbing plant with attractive heart shaped leaves. The flowers are pretty and a creamy-white colour. The fruit of course is edible; if you haven't tried kiwi fruit before, they're very sweet and tasty. Unlike the Hardy Kiwi, the fruit of this plant has a hairy skin so you need to peel it or scoop out the insides like a boiled egg. If you want your kiwi to bear fruit, then plant it in a sheltered location in the sun.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 10
Spread [m]
  • 5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-9
Heat zone
  • H9-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - -1
Heat days
  • 60 - 150
  • 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
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Outdoor food
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Kitchen garden
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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Actinidia deliciosa Hayward

Kiwi 'Hayward'

PLANTS Actinidia deliciosa 'Hayward'

Actinidia deliciosa 'Hayward' or kiwifruit 'Hayward' is the most commonly grown variety of kiwi. Developed in New Zealand by Hayward Wright around 1924. The kiwi fruit was given its name in 1959, named after the national bird of New Zealand, the Kiwi, as both the bird and the fruit and brown and furry. This variety is easy to grow. It has heart shaped leaves and attractive creamy white flowers with a nice fragrance. It can easily be trained to climb a wall or trellis and likes to be planted in full sunshine.

Actinidia deliciosa Jenny

Kiwi 'Jenny'

PLANTS Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny'

Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny' or kiwifruit 'Jenny' is a fast growing climbing vine that produces a lot of fruit in the autumn. It grows very vigorously, so be prepared to prune regularly if you don't have a lot of space for it. It prefers an acidic soil and plenty of sunshine. It has large leaves so it's great for growing over an arbour to create shade coverage. The fruit is sweet and delicious, about the size of a standard hen's egg, and looks amazing dangling down from an arbour. It also has fragrant cream coloured flowers.

Kiwi 'Matua'

PLANTS Actinidia deliciosa 'Matua'

Actinidia deliciosa 'Matua' or kiwifruit 'Matua' is a climbing kiwi with especially pretty flowers. The pale yellow blooms are full of orange stamen full of pollen, they'll look gorgeous in your garden and the bees will love them too. The stems are a reddish brown, contrasting nicely with the flowers and the green foliage. This variety is suitable for a small garden and can easily be trained to climb up a wall or a trellis. If you're looking for an attractive climbing kiwi, then this is a very good choice.

Kiwi 'Tomuri'

PLANTS Actinidia deliciosa 'Tomuri'

Actinidia deliciosa 'Tomuri' or kiwifruit 'Tomuri' is a good climber. Not as vigorous growing as some kiwis it is well suited to a smaller garden. The flowers start out white and mature to a darker cream colour. It can be planted in a 3lt pot with a 3ft cane and should do well given fertile soil and plenty of direct sunlight.