Issai Arctic Kiwi
All the Beauty in Less Space
With around 8 times more Vitamin C than an orange, a natural sweetness, a restrained growth habit and the ability to grow almost anywhere, the Issai Kiwi is a gardener’s dream come true! This hardy vine is a leafy delight with fragrant blooms and small but very sweet fruits. Its compact growth habit makes it easier to fit into your landscape, no matter where you live.
The Issai Kiwi vine is a vigorous climber with lots of bright green, oblong leaves. A lacy trellis or sturdy arbor is a perfect home for this twining vine since it needs a little support and the vines can become heavy over time. This deciduous vine can grow from 12 to 20 feet with a spread of 3 to 5 feet.
The size of the Issai Kiwi vine is smaller and more restrained than many of its wide-ranging cousins. This compact growth habits makes it easier to squeeze into a landscape or garden, no matter how big or small. It doesn’t need a huge plot to ramble about. A container is sufficient to grow this vine, especially if you live in a cooler zone.
Issai Kiwi is hardier than its cousins as well. Many kiwis are unable to survive outside of zone 8 while Issai Kiwi is comfortable in zones 3 to 8. It may need a little protection in the coolest sections of its range or it can be container-grown and overwintered in a greenhouse. It will go dormant in the winter since it is a deciduous vine.
Summer is this vine’s loveliest season. It produces fragrant blooms in the summer that can be up to a glorious 1 inch in diameter. Greenish-white to white in color with showy golden stamens, they hang from the vine in small clusters. These clusters will appear around June and will soon be followed by fruit.
These are no supermarket kiwis! They are smaller but so much sweeter, containing up to 20% more natural sugars. Similar to grapes in skin and size, they grow up to about 1.5 to 2 inches in length. You can eat these succulent Vitamin C-packed treasures skin and all. Issai Kiwis lack the fuzzy texture that many find unpleasant.
Space saving and super sweet, the Issai Kiwi is a treat for the table and the garden. Whether you enjoy it for the fruit in September to October or the blossoms in June, Issai Kiwi’s petite charm is sure to claim your heart.