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ACTINIDIA deliciosa 'Vincent'

Image of Actinidia deliciosa 'Vincent'

Family

Actinidiaceae

Botanical Name

ACTINIDIA deliciosa 'Vincent'

Plant Common Name

Fuzzy Kiwi, Vincent Kiwi

General Description

This is a large-fruited selection of a vigorous, deciduous, woody vine native to China. By fall, ‘Vincent’ develops brown, fuzzy, edible, egg-shaped fruits. These taste like tangy green grapes and have a green, juicy interior with a ring of small edible black seeds. The fruits are preceded by fragrant ivory to yellow flowers in spring. The leaves are heart-shaped and cover the twining stems through the growing season. The parent species is dioecious, which means that each gender is found on separate plants, so gardeners need two plants, a male and female such as 'Vincent' to have fruits.

Plant 'Vincent' in full to partial sun and average, well-drained soil. Avoid highly alkaline soils if possible. It will grow well on any trellis or strong fence, sometimes needing to be tied to confine growth where desired. Prune it back during dormancy, leaving five to seven buds on last summer's growth. Flowering and fruiting occurs on the new growth from one-year-old branches. A male kiwi vine (of this species or of Actinidia arguta) is needed to pollinate the flowers of 'Vincent' to yield fruits.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m (25)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Rock Garden / Wall, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No