Actinidia kolomikta “Arctic Beauty”: A male with attractive pink and white variegated leaves. Fruit comes into bearing earlier that arguta (Issai) and is smaller. One male is able to pollinate up to eight females.
Actinidia arguta “Issai”: Self pollinating, sweet, early bearing plant. Without a male the fruit is seedless, smaller and fewer. With a male the fruit is seeded, larger and more numerous. Fruit is 1 ½” long.
*Hardy kiwi is smoother, smaller and sweeter than their fuzzy southern cousins and does not need to be peeled.
*The fruits size up by mid-Summer but are not tender and sweet enough to eat until late September or early October.
Plants need room to grow, at least 10 feet apart (as much as 16 feet apart if you have room)