Actinidia deliciosa 'Tomuri' (Male Kiwi Fruit) - A vigorous-growing, deciduous vine with large, rounded leaves that when first emerging are coated with reddish hairs but mature become dark green and hairless. These leaves are held on heavy stems that can spread to 30 feet wide. The creamy white male flowers in spring age to buff.
Plant in full sun or partial shade with regular irrigation. Hardy to around 10-15° F and fruits best when winter temperatures drop for at least a few hours below 32° F.
Actinidia deliciosa is native to Southern China, where it is called Chinese Gooseberry but after the introduction around 1924, of the variety 'Hayward' by Hayward Wright in Avondale, New Zealand, this plant gained popularity being called Kiwifruit, named after New Zealand's National Bird, the Kiwi. The name for the genus name comes from the Greek word 'aktis' which means "ray" in reference to how growth of the plant radiates out like the spokes of a wheel and the specific epithet refers to its delicious fruit.
The cultivar 'Tomuri' is the recommended pollinator for the female cultivar 'Vincent', a fruiting (female) kiwi vine that has a low chill requirement. One male plant can pollinate up to 8 female plants if centrally located. Plant one male to every 3-4 females if planting along a fence. Our early customers might remember that we long had a fence running the entire depth of our nursery property planted with the 'Tomuri' and 'Hayward' variety and that each Christmas we made customer baskets filled with its delicious fruit. Our later crops were produced from tissue culture by Monrovia Nursery.
Information about Actinidia deliciosa 'Tomuri' (Male) displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.