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Kiwi, Chinese gooseberry
Scientific Name: Actinidia chinensis Planch.
Synonym: Actinidia deliciosa
Family: Actinidiaceae
Kiwi, Chinese gooseberry (Actinidia  chinensis) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-9,12,14-24
USDA: 8b-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix

Heat Tolerance: Very questionable in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Partial shade in Phoenix, will take full sun in cooler areas

Origin: China, Taiwan

Growth Habits: Vines to 30 feet

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer, moderate the rest of the year

Propagation: Cuttings

This is the plant that produces the kiwi fruit of the commerce. The best varieties like Chico or Hayward have a chilling requirement. In Phoenix or southern California, try low chilling-requirements plants like 'Vincent' for the female plants and 'Tomuri' for the male plants (1 male can pollenize 8 females) .

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
Kiwis are dioecious, you need a male plant to fertilize your (hopefully) fruit bearing female plants.

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