Sweet and healthy. The fuzzless kiwi that grows on this vine is exceptionally sweet – with 20% natural sugar. And it has eight times more vitamin C than oranges! This variety thrives almost anywhere, except in extremely wet soil. It is also exceptionally productive, bearing up to 100 pounds of fruit annually. The vine grows rapidly, so it requires a sturdy support system, which should be built before or soon after planting. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late August. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Green, White
Chill Hours 400
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late August
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Good
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 8 - 12' tall x 8 - 12' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow kiwi berry vines in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
for privacy screen
Catherine H on May 4, 2021
MARIAN W on Apr 27, 2021
for privacy screen
Catherine H on May 4, 2021
Unique and love kiwi
Daniel b on May 1, 2021
MARIAN W on Apr 27, 2021
I have a small yard. I have a female Anna & want to use Issai as the pollinator so that I can have 2 fruit producing vines instead of just one.
Keller A on Apr 11, 2021
To replace male that had died, to serve as both a pollinator for 2 females and also to produce fruit itself
Daniel S on Apr 11, 2021
Just thought that it would be fun, and interesting to grow.
Robert M on Apr 9, 2021
self pollination
cold hardy
CHARLES B on Apr 9, 2021
Read that hardy kiwi is a very fast growing and prolific fruiting vine.
R Jason B on Apr 9, 2021
Zone Hardie and the thin skin that can be easily eaten
Andrew K on Mar 21, 2021
Been curious about it something different than grape vines
Jeffrey W on Mar 19, 2021
Am adding this to an Anna/Meader pair I planted last year because it's self-pollinating and is supposed to produce fruit more quickly.
Linda G on Mar 17, 2021
See if this or Anna grows better in my local area.
David B on Mar 16, 2021
climbing vine
Jill B on Mar 16, 2021
to grow on fences
Carol K on Mar 10, 2021
I tried them at a school i teach at, and loved them
Rachel S on Mar 6, 2021
very good for you - self pollinating -save money in stores
BARBARA M on Mar 1, 2021
A new look and a different plant variety.
William S on Mar 1, 2021
self pollinated. I have tried male and female with no luck
TIMOTHY B on Dec 9, 2020
Want to have ???pick and eat??? fruit for grandchildren.
JohnH on Nov 1, 2020
Cold hardy, sweet, nutritious
Olga M on Oct 22, 2020
Sounds like a nutritious and delicious as well as beautiful plant to add to my garden and landscape
Floyd on Sep 11, 2020
I am adding this plant to my other kiwi plants as our entire family and many of our friends enjoy it. It is not difficult to grow but one must make sure it has the support it needs as it grows and travels to anything it can attach itself to quickly. My grandchildren enjoy going and picking the fruit to eat right off the bush and also put some in their pockets to take home with them.
MARSHA G on Aug 28, 2020
Love kiwi
Annie M on May 7, 2020
I have bought this plant twice already and can???t seem to keep it alive :( they cost me 60$ each at Edwards Nursery and I am hoping I can get this one to grow right
shelley s on May 5, 2020
See if it will fit with my yard. Self pollenated.
Bradley V on Apr 29, 2020
I've grown them before-they taste good and are pretty vines.
Andrew B on Mar 24, 2020
This is a 3rd type of Kiwi for my, hooing this will increase the success of my yields.
Christi C on Mar 18, 2020
Would like to grow my own kiwis
M on Feb 22, 2020
self-pollinating; previously 3 failed male pollinators for 2 successful female hardy kiwi
Hoping this one will thrive.
Jane N on Jan 28, 2020
for use in trail
Charles S on Jan 15, 2020
Marisa M on Nov 5, 2019
Recommended by landscape architect.
David J on Oct 1, 2019
It claims to be self pollinating. I don't have room for a male and female kiwi.
David B on Aug 29, 2019
Just finished building a high tunnel greenhouse and have to fill it. Hoping some of the pests won???t be able to get the plant.
Cole G on Aug 8, 2019
Self pollinator that could also serve as a pollinator for other female kiwi vines. I have 4 kiwi vines but bought 5 originally. I don't know which sex I have left, so hopefully this will round what i have out.
Blye W on Jul 24, 2019
Self-pollinating & can go in part shade as well as part-full sun.
Terri V on May 18, 2019
Self pollinating and does not take 5-7 years.
JAKE M on May 6, 2019
self pollinating. Other gardeners give good reviews.
PEGGY F on May 5, 2019
I have grown Hardy Kiwi before at prior residence , Healthy growth but no fruit. I am trying the Issai , hopefully will produce fruit.
Bob M on Mar 14, 2019
Pretty good reviews, self-pollinating.
Shelli H on Mar 14, 2019
I'm just determined to have this particular fruit grow. It sounds like a wonderful addition to our small homestead.
Cara A on Mar 12, 2019
It adds an interest in garden and a tasty addition
LAURA P on Mar 10, 2019
Love Kiwi's and want to try these.
Danica F on Mar 9, 2019
Partial shade, heat tolerant, self fertile
Michael H on Feb 15, 2019
I chose this Kiwi because of its hardiness (I am in zone 6), fruit producing, and it can climb into the birch trees already on the property, making my birch trees fruit bearing. :-) I chose to purchase two of these for cross pollination. I also purchased two Anna Kiwis.
Toby A on Nov 3, 2018
I cannot find dwarf kiwi anywhere which is self pollinating. Another ten customers were satisfied so I decided to try it also. My other plants I ordered arrived in beautiful condition. I am now a Stark bro shopper from now on .????????
Dorothy C on Jun 23, 2018
A kiwi that grows in my region. I'm super excited!
Carolyn W on Jun 13, 2018
I only wanted to buy one plant so I purchased the self-pollinating variety. Also, I've tasted this variety from a friend's garden and it's delicious!
Lucinda F on Mar 7, 2018
To make wine
Matt S on Feb 25, 2017
Had some in my home delivery Farmers Market box and loved them. Want to try to grow them my self.
Gwenn W on Dec 13, 2016
Unique and love kiwi
Daniel b on May 1, 2021
I have a small yard. I have a female Anna & want to use Issai as the pollinator so that I can have 2 fruit producing vines instead of just one.
Keller A on Apr 11, 2021
I have one male and three female hardy kiwi vines purchased by Miller Nurseries. I am not sure if they are 'Anna'. I think they may have been listed as 'Arctic'. My question is: Would the Issai cross pollinate my current female vines? I would like to purchase one additional vine and I thought getting a different variety (Issai) would be good. Plus it is self-pollinating so it would not be dependent on my current male in case he ever has a year without flowers.
Fredski19 on May 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that is a benefit of growing the self-pollinating Issai: It can also serve as a pollinator for female kiwiberry vines.
My Issai Kiwi is over 3 yrs old and has not yet yielded fruit. For the past 2 years fruit has formed but they fall off a couple weeks later. Has anyone had this experience or know what could be wrong?
Janet R on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In the past I have had the hardy kiwi and they act like a grape vine. It may take up to 5 yrs old to produce fruit. Mine was like that and once it started producing, they were not only plentiful but very sweet.Warning:::: I had to prune several times during the summer they grow fast and where the new vines grow it does not produce fruit just like a grape vine, but they are worth it.
Can you grow these on a fence in my yard if it's only roughly 4 ft high or do they need to reach the max 8-12 feet to be productive?
Aaron T on Feb 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: there are a lot of good online resources that will help with this question. In short Kiwi Berries should be grown to develop a bi directional curtain (sometimes referred to online as a curtain of diminishing returns). a main trunk should be developed (I am training mine to a 6ft high trunk) with two main cordons branching off in both direction. From these cordons will grow your fruiting canes that need to be pruned each year. These fruiting canes will form the curtain that should be supported by a wire 2ft away from the cordon and running parallel to the cordon. The curtain should be pruned in the summer to keep it off the ground.
Hello. Is the Anna keowie a decent pollinator for the issai keowie? Will 2 different varieties help each other produce more fruit?
Matt V on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Isaai will set fruit without a male pollinator, but will do better with one nearby. Anna requires a male pollinator. These two varieties will not pollinate one another because they're both female. We recommend the Hardy Kiwi Pollinator for best results from either tree:
Can I grow this on a deer fence?
Rebecca B on May 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't recommend it. Once mature and productive, these vines become quite heavy. Also, the deer would likely devour it in no time. Oregon State University has a very extensive and helpful growing guide in a free .pdf online. Google "OSU kiwi" and it'll pop right up. Hope this helps.
I planted mine last fall when arrived and am in the process now of traing the "trunk" up the center pole. It is growing fast as promised, but there are two other upwardly mobile shoots as well. Should these be cut off?
Don in Ct. on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: do not trim. in orchards we have observed them growing together forming a trunk that becomes an umbrella above you so that you can pick them from underneath.
On another site, it said this grows as a tree, up to 25ft. is yours a tree or a vine like regular kiwi?
Elvia c on Oct 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in the berry patch, Oct 2016, zone 6A. It was about 3" tall. Now, it about 15 vines 8' tall, growing up a trellis, The plant is beautiful, and hopefully will begin to produce fruit next year. It is certainly not a tree!
What is the botanical name for this plant?
Tatsiana F on Nov 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Actinidia arguta is the botanical name for this variety.
Hi! I have always wanted to grow Hardy Kiwi, but I haven't lived in the same home for long enough for a plant to bear fruit. Would it work to grow in a large pot kept outdoors and brought in for winters until I have a more permanent yard? And if so, would I need to grow the companion vine in a nearby pot as well, or would it work to wait to plant the vine until planting the Hardy Kiwi outdoors in another year or two? I'm in zone 6a, if that makes a difference. Thanks for any insight you can provide!
Emily M on Apr 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I planted 6 of them over the course of two years. None of them made it. I quit trying, I don't think there is anything hardy about them here in Kansas City.
Will keewee fruit grow in partial sun?
Don J on Apr 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Kiwis are one of the few fruits than can be grown in partial shade to full sun, so the answer is yes.
I have two arbors next to each other that were meant to support grape vines. After giving them 5 years of chance, I finally came into conclusion that my area is not suitable for growing grapes organically. I would like to reuse the arbors to plant hardy kiwis. After doing quite a lot of online reading, I found out most hardy kiwis need both male and female plants to be productive, except Issai kiwi. If I plant Issai on one arbor and a female plant of a different variety on the other arbor, can the Issai pollinate the female plant properly as a male plant would? Can both plants be as productive as they should be if given the proper care and environment? I found a couple answers that were contradictory so far. I am not picky of the variety of the other female kiwi, so please recommend. Thank you.
Krisantia R on Aug 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, the Issai Hardy Kiwi will not pollinate another female variety. However, if you add a female and a male, of another Hardy Kiwi variety, it will increase the production of the Issai Hardy Kiwi. In fact, if you just add a male Hardy Kiwi, it'll increase production. But I'd add both a male and female.
Will Issai Hardy Kiwi grow full size in first year?
Suzanne M on Mar 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The issue kiwi will grow only maybe 5 to 10 feet the first year and may not produce fruit for at least 2 years. At least to my experience, but it will keep growing larger every year. Note they don`t like wind, but it`s a nice vine to have on a fence.
How do I know when they are ripe? This is our first year to have fruit. They are still very hard to the touch. Do they change color when ripe?
Sharsie on Aug 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: When they are soft and no they stay green
How large are the kiwi berries? Are they grape size?
Brian S on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think the literature states 4or 5 years to produce. Our friends used to have some vines. The fruit is delicious when ripe and the size of a very, very large grape.
How many plants would I need for a 12x3 foot bed?
Kirstin P on Mar 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: you need a male and 1 or 2 females- and a very strong trellis
I'd like to plant this in a planter or pot and let it grow on a trellis. What is the minimum volume that I can use? If it is in a pot will it winter over in zone 7A ? We have really bad soil in this area and I'd like to give the vine a fighting chance by controlling the soil its in.
rju on Sep 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I am very sorry - I can't answer because mine died very soon after planting. I do know they require a very strong trellis - something that can support more weight than a grape vine. I think it would be very difficult to grow this vine in a plantar. If they live, they are trailing and strong. Thanks and best wishes.
Is there any way to grow this in a Narrow space...i.e. on a narrow arbor that grows up, over one's head, and then back down to the ground again? I would prefer to know in advance that this is not the right application than to purchase and be pulling up runners, or worse yet have my nearby plants smothered out. I have every intention of doing regular pruning and attempting to train it into a trunk...still an arbor that is only 24 inches wide might not work. Any advice?
Gina P on Dec 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It would take a few years before it would outgrow the 24" width. It would definitely grow up the arbor and possibly over it, but not down the other side. I've had my plant for two years and it has two main stems coming out of the ground, is about 18" wide, and 3 feet tall. Good luck!
Os it organic ?
Nivk N on Dec 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We raise our trees and plants as organically as we can. We do spray when necessary - primarily with biological/organic agents - to keep pests and diseases at bay in order to save a threatened crop, but you may raise the tree or plant as organically as you wish. Stark Bro???s does not knowingly grow or offer genetically engineered plants or trees (GMOs).
Can kiwi grow near walnut?
Svetlana P on May 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: My guess is yes. My grapes, 3 varieties, have done very good being planted 30 feet feet from the trunk of a very big walnut.
What temperature range will Issai kiwi grow? Also, I bought two and wish to put one in a cold frame next week- both are in the ground now, purchased two weeks ago. I plan to set the frame to open at about 55F and add water bottles. Has anyone done this? Any tips. Hoping to get a jump on fruiting.
Christina on Oct 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We are in zone 7 and ours grow quite well here. The most important thing for good fruit production is having both a male and female plant ( actually we have one male and 3 females). I don't know if you can change the time they flower/ fruit with a cold frame, but I am not sure you really want to do that as you are going to want to have both flower at the same time for good pollination & fruit set. (And they do get quite large and may outgrow your cold frame very quickly.) Good luck
I have a male hardy kiwi 450 feet from my proposed planting site for a new hardy kiwi. Is that close enough for pollination?
Richard G on Sep 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, the male plant needs to be 50' away, maximum, for best pollination results.
How do you know when the kiwis are ripe?
Ivan R on May 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: When youl start to see them fall off the vines, we go through and harvest everything
and keep the kiwis in shallow trays in the kitchen. Each morning ( or whenever you are passing) gently roll your hand over the fruit and any that have a slight give are ripe ( and delicious)

Customer Reviews

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34 Reviews
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Doing great so far
I planted this over a year ago. I'm getting my first fruits this year. Make sure you give it something to climb and it should do great. I live in TN and the heat (it gets over 100) and the cold (it got to zero) didn't hurt it one bit.
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
It is just delicious!
I planted this kiwi about 3 years ago. It is a beautiful plant, with nice deep green leaves. I got some berries this year, they're sweet and absolutely delicious! My husband and my son like them more then grapes!
August 25, 2016
didn't make it
y hardy kiwi was looking good up until fall, but i lost them this winter. They were supposed to be ok for new England.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
Looking good
Planted this in an 18" pot on my penthouse terrace in Summer, 2015. It began putting out new vining growth almost immediately. Growth is continuing this Spring, with lots of bright green leaves and a few new branches that I have been training to grow along the top of a trellis that hides an ugly parapet railing. Within the last few days I have also been seeing a few round green nubs that may be potential flowers. For such a young plant it looks very vigorous and healthy.
May 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Very hardy...Withstood the winter and came back strong.
Be careful! Rabbits and deer like to eat the leaves on this one!
May 6, 2017
over 4 years ago
Issai Hardy Kiwi
I received this vine in great shape, so far it seems to tolerate zone 5/6 weather. No fruit as of yet, but it take 2-3 years before it will bear fruit. I trimmed it last year to help it branch out a bit. I have seen a few you tube video's that really recommended this variety of Kiwi for its hardiness and flavor. I can't wait for fruit production.
May 12, 2016
over 6 years ago
Jury still out
So i just posted a Review for a Goji berry and now posting for this. the two plants are separated from each other, but ultimately has the same soil. I live in NE Pa and i have clay soil and red shale not far under the soil. So i pretty much have crappy soil in my yard. Worse than i originally thought. i planted the Kiwi 3 years ago and BARLY made it the first year. The leaves were growing speckled yellow and thought was i over watering or under watering, was I giving it the right amount of NPK or was the soil deficient micro nutrients. I did everything i could think of, but thy late July into August when it got hot and dry it just simply lost leaves and died back and would essentially restart at the base when the weather cooled until front hit it in the fall. this year i took drastic measures, i dug the soil around the plant 1 foot around the perimeter of the outer edges of the roots. I dug 6 inches deep and removed the existing soil and put tree and shrub soil from Home Depot. With in 2-3 weeks i started to see new grown despite the hot weather. I got new growth all over and the leaves came out nice and green and not splotched. Looking forward to next spring when i hope this plant really takes off.

Currently the ONLY reason i give it 4 stars is because i dont have fruit or blossoms from it yet. I will come back and Re rate when i get fruit on it.
September 14, 2016
over 6 years ago
Didn't survive
Planted this hardy kiwi last spring. Seems maybe hardy in some areas, bit not the midwest. Didn't survive the mild winter season.
May 19, 2017
over 5 years ago
Survival of the fittest
Plant didn't make it to much rain last year it started out growing but rain drowned it out I think a larger plant might of had a better chance I would say start at home in a pot and transplant latter just a thought plant was awful small to start
May 6, 2016
over 7 years ago
Died in same season
The plant struggled then died. Kept a good watch on it, but was no match for New England weather
May 19, 2017
over 5 years ago