Actinidia kolomikta, on its common name Variegated kiwi vine, is a species of deciduous, woody, very long-lived, vigorous twining climber, which ultimately grows up to 8-10 meters, with 15 cm heart-shaped leaves which, in mature specimens, have pink and cream variegated tips, which give the appearance of having been dipped in paint, or in some cases a half or more of the leaf may be white and pink, especially where the plant is in a sunny position. An alkaline soil increases the variegation of the leaves.
It bears clusters of 3 fragrant, white flowers in early summer. Some cultivars are self-fertile, but usually male and female plants are needed to produce sweet, grape-sized fruits, in late summer. Female plants produce smooth, ovoid-oblong, yellow-green fruits, while male plants develop the colorful foliage. Best fruit production is achieved in a place with full sun, even the plant tolerates shade.
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