Grapes & Kiwi / Vitis & Actinidia

kiwichinensis (300x293)Actinidia deliciosa (syn. A. chinensis) – This is your standard Kiwi fruit vine, although there are separate male and female plants and you will need both in order for the females to produce the fuzzy egg-sized fruits. It is a vigorous grower with large (8″) hairy leaves and white flowers that appear on mature plants (can take up to 5-8 years). Grows 15-30′ long. Hardy to zone 7.

kiwiarguta (300x284)Actinidia arguta – An extremely hardy species also known as Arctic Kiwi, but that is actually native to Asia. It is dioecious (separate male and female plants), although ‘Issai’ is a self-fertile female that can produce by itself. It bears white flowers followed by smooth-skinned greenish-yellow fruits that are about 1″ long. Requires regular pruning. Grows 20-30′ high. Hardy to zone 3.

grapesovereigncornonation (300x298)Vitis ‘Sovereign Coronation’ (syn. ‘Coronation’) – A blue seedless (or very few seeds) table grape that is commonly sold in those cardboard baskets in the fall. It was developed at the Summerland Research Station by crossing ‘Himrod’ and ‘Patricia’. It generally ripens mid September to early October in coastal BC. A good choice for the home garden. Grows 12-15′ high. Zone 4.

grapehimrod (300x299)Vitis labrusca ‘Himrod’ – This is one of the best table grapes to grow in coastal BC where our summers are often cool and somewhat short. It bears variable clusters of small, seedless green grapes that can turn to a golden-yellow when fully ripened. ‘Himrod’ is a cross of ‘Ontario’ and ‘Thompson Seedless’. Can be dried for homemade raisins. Grows 15-20′ long. Zone 5.

grapepinotmeunier300Vitis vinifera PIXIE – This dwarf sport of Vitis vinifera ‘Pinot Meunier’ (a champagne and wine grape) has been propagated by tissue-culture (or cloning) and has been used in the past mostly for breeding purposes. It is a genetic dwarf that produces 4″ long clusters of sweet black seeded grapes and is ideal for growing in containers. Grows 18-24″ high. Hardy to zone 5.

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