Actinidia kolomikta


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Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (57649)

Plant details

A vigorous twining climber with 15cm (6in) heart-shaped leaves which, in mature specimens, have pink and cream variegated tips. A dramatic species for covering a large wall, where it looks most spectacular against a background of old brick. It can also be allowed to climb into a large tree, where it looks sensational. Although grown for its foliage, the plant has insignificant flowers in early summer - these are scented, and when grown in a warm sheltered situation the fragrance, though short lived, is very pleasant. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Actinidiaceae

Genus: Actinidia

Species: kolomikta

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Flowering period: June to June

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