Actinidia kolomikta is also known as Kolomikta, Variegated Kiwi Vine, Kewee, Variegated-leaf Hardy Kiwi, or Michurin Actinidia. It is part of the Actinidiaceae family of plants.
It is native to East Asia including the Russian Far East. Actinidia kolomikta is a long-living plant. It is a deciduous climber. Actinidia is from Greek meaning “rayed” or “kiwi”.
Actinidia kolomikta is mostly grown for its attractive foliage. It has heart-shaped leaves. Some leaves are green. Some are variegated in pink and white. Actinidia kolomikta was first collected in 1878. The collector was Charles Maries (1851-1902). He was an English botanist. He went to Japan on behalf of James Veitch & Sons of London. He found Actinidia kolomikta in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
Actinidia kolomikta flowers in the summer. It has fragrant flowers. The flowers are usually hidden by the leaves. The flowers are dioecious. Male and female flowers appear on separate plants. After flowering, it produces fruit on female plants. Fruits appear in autumn. The fruits are edible and oval-shaped.
Actinidia kolomikta can grow to 20ft or 6m tall. Grow Actinidia kolomikta in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist, fertile but well-drained soil. The sun is necessary for the best foliage color.
Prune for shaping. Propagate Actinidia kolomikta by seed, softwood cutting, and layering. It is generally pest-free. It is also disease-free. Actinidia kolomikta is attractive to cats more than catnip.