Actinidia arguta 'Michigan State' (female)
Michigan State Hardy Kiwi, Jumbo Hardy Kiwi, MSU Female Kiwi Vine
- Main interest:
- jumbo sized green fruits
- partial shade to full sun, moist and well drained rich soil
- Flower colour:
- white, June to July
- reddish brown vine with yellow-green leaves and fruits.
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 5a: -29 °C (-20 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 6 ft (2 m) width: 20 ft (6 m)
- patio overhead, trellis, fence, wall, arbour
Michigan State Hardy Kiwi is a very hardy, strong, and fast growing Kiwi plant. Most importantly, this variety produces some of the largest hairless Kiwis of all the arguta varieties, which has earned it the nick name, "Jumbo Kiwi". These Kiwis can grow to a whopping 1 ounce. Maybe that doesn't seem so big compared to a hairy Kiwi, but you don't even need to peel these Kiwis! The green to red fruits are delicious, and easy to eat right off the vine.
In order to pollinate 6 to 8 female Kiwi plants one male Kiwi plant is required. We recommend to plant one of the following male varieties alongside your female Kiwi plants: Actinidia arguta ‘Weiki M’, Actinidia arguta ‘Meader’ or Actinidia arguta ‘Andrew’.
Synonym(s): Actinidia arguta 'Jumbo', Actinidia arguta 'MSU female'