Actinidia arguta 'Prolific' (self-fertile) (female)
Prolific Hardy Kiwi Vine, Self-fertile Hardy Kiwi Vine
- Main interest:
- sweet edible fruit, self fertile (can produce fruit without male), fast growing
- full sun to partial shade
- Soil humidity:
- moist soil
- Growth type:
- Flower colour:
- Mildly fragrant
- Flowering period:
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 5a: -29 °C (-20 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 20 ft (6 m) width: 20 ft (6 m)
- patio overhead, trellis, fence, wall, arbour
Actinidia arguta ‘Prolific’ is a fast-growing, deciduous woody vine. Greenish white, scented flowers emerge in late spring to early summer. They produce sweet, edible fruits in the early fall. The woody vines can spread quickly, and range far, so it’s best to plant the Prolific Hardy Kiwi near a patio wall, pergola, or a trellis, where you can contain it.
‘Prolific’ is a unique variety because it is self-fertile (parthenocarpic), and capable of producing fruit without fertilization from a separate male plant. However, especially in hardiness zone 5, it will greatly improve the fruit yield by having a male variety nearby (recommended male varieties: Actinidia arguta ‘Weiki M’, Actinidia arguta ‘Meader’ or Actinidia arguta ‘Andrew’).
While this self-fertile hardy kiwi is hardy to zone 5a, it is best to plant them in the spring, and use a generous layer of mulch in the fall to prepare them for the winter.
Synonym(s): Actinidia arguta '119-40B'
Also known as: Self-pollinating Kiwi, Self-pollinating Hardy Kiwi, Tara Vine, Bower Actinidia, Saru-nashi Vine, Mini Kiwi, Kiwi Grape, Baby Kiwifruit, Kiwi Berries, Saru-nashi Vine, Northern Kiwi, Siberian Kiwi, Siberian Gooseberry, Dessert Kiwi, Cocktail Kiwi