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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.


Bloom Color Green, White
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
It claims to be self pollinating. I don't have room for a male and female kiwi.
David B on Aug 29, 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
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
Because it is self pollinating
June D on Aug 29, 2016
intrigued with kiwis in Wisconsin. looking forward to jam gifts. hiding garage for neighbor with minimal cutting/weeding,
Margaret R on May 26, 2016
We love kiwi and this is a self-pollinator that is smaller than regular kiwi and will grow in our zone in southern Oregon.
Carol F on May 22, 2016
High vitamin c . looks easy to grow.
Jacque S on May 20, 2016
"Self Fertile"
Good reviews,
Known interest of recipient
James M on Apr 25, 2016
looks like a great kiwi for my zone. very excited to try this.
thmass on Apr 22, 2016
It is hardy and I wanted another variety.
Emmett R on Mar 15, 2016
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-pollinating & can go in part shade as well as part-full sun.
Terri V on May 18, 2019
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: When a plant or tree drops its fruit before it's fully developed that's called "Shatter". Your plant may still be to young to bear fruit to maturity at 3 Yrs old. If the soil and climate are good, and you water and fertilize regularly you should see the plant bear to maturity in a few years.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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: They should get softer. I???m still waiting for mine to ripen but from what I hear, it???s in the fall. I???ve had mine for a couple of years but the birds got to them in years past. This time I covered the plants :)
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.
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!
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

3.6 / 5.0
32 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 3 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 4 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 4 years ago
not as advertised
these plants have not grown as they were advertised and have produce not ONE fruit, I am not pleased.
May 5, 2016
over 5 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 3 years ago