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Products > Actinidia deliciosa 'Vincent' (Female)
Actinidia deliciosa 'Vincent' (Female) - Kiwi Fruit

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Actinideaceae (Kiwi-fruits)
Origin: Asia, East (Asia)
Flower Color: Cream
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [Actinidia chinensis]
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Actinidia deliciosa 'Vincent' (Female) (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 flowers in spring age to buff and are followed by tasty egg shaped fuzzy-skinned fruit in fall.

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 'Vincent' is a fruiting (female) variety that has a low chill requirement. It needs a male cultivar to pollinate the spring flowers and we grew the male cultivar 'Tomuri' for this purpose. One male plant can pollinate up to 8 female plants if centrally located. Plant 1 male to every 3-4 females if planting along a fence. Plant in full sun or partial shade with regular irrigation.

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. 

This information about Actinidia deliciosa 'Vincent' (Female) displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.