Actinidia kolomikta 'September Sun' foliage
(Photo courtesy of Northscaping.com)
Height: 20 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3b
Other Names: September Sun Goosberry
A female selection of this interesting vine valued for its breathtaking white-pink variegated foliage all season long, small white fragrant flowers and plentiful fruit after three years or so; an underutilized climber that's excellent for screening
September Sun Kiwi has attractive white-variegated deciduous dark green foliagewith hints of pink throughout the season. The large oval leaves are ornamentally significant and turn yellow in fall. It features dainty fragrant white buttercup flowers with yellow anthers along the stems from mid to late spring. It produces abundant clusters of green hop-like fruit in mid summer, which are excellent for fresh eating. This is a female variety of the species which requires a male selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.
September Sun Kiwi is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance vine, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.
September Sun Kiwi is recommended for the following landscape applications;
September Sun Kiwi will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This vine does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.