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ACTINIDIA pilosula

Commonly known as Variegated kiwi

(now renamed A.tetramera var. maloides)a rare species with more subtle colouring than kolomikta. White tips to the leaves with a hint of pink on some. Flowers are large pink bells.

  • Deciduous - simple, ovate leaves with a dark-green background, smaller and narrower than kolomikta.
  • Shades of pink - All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
  • Height - 5m (16ft)
  • Climber - Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Against a wall - or into a tree.
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Endangered in the wild - These plants are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's list of 'Red Plants'. This is a list of threatened species in the wild, they are either critically, endangered or vulnerable to extinction. - Vulnerable
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - eastern Asia
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape - Bell/Lantern
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Leaf colour (if not green) - Silver variegated
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil
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