Common Name: Actinidia
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy
Time to plant seeds: September to May
Flowering period: June to June
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 tree, where it can look 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 Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Looks good with:Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
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