Actinidia polygama

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 Actinidia polygama subsp. var.  Silver vine
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Habit: vine-climber
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Height: 6 ft to 8 ft
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Bloom: early spring, mid spring, late spring
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers, edible, fruit
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USDA Zones: 4 to 9
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Flower features: white
Actinidiaceae > Actinidia polygama var. ,

Actinidia polygama (also known as Silver Vine and Cat Powder) is a plant in the Actinidiaceae family. It grows in the mountainous areas of Japan and China at elevations between 500–1900 meters.

Silver Vine is a vine that can reach up to 5–6 meters in maturity. It is a deciduous climber and is frost tender. The petiole leaves are silver and white in color and between 6–13 cm long and 4–9 cm wide. These colorful markings make the plant identifiable from afar, until the flowering season when the leaves turn completely green.

The flowering season lasts from late June to early July, in which the plant bares white flowers about 2.5 cm in diameter. The longevity of an individual flower is 2–3 days. At this time, the plant also starts to develop small, yellow to yellow-red, egg-shaped, fleshy, and multi-seeded fruits, which mature in September to October. The fruit is approximately 1.5 cm wide and 3.0–4.0 cm long. The inside of the fruit resembles the common Kiwifruit, but it is orange in color rather than green.

The Silver Vine plant requires moist, well drained soil, and partial shade to full sun. It is a fast growing vine that makes for good cover on a fence or trellis. It is becoming increasingly popular as an edible fruit crop.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Actinidia polygama, Maxim. To 25 ft.: pith of branches solid, white: lvs. broadly ovate to ovate-oblong, 3-6 in. long, rounded or embcordate at the base, appressed serrate, mostly setose on the veins beneath, variegation white or yellowish: fls. white, 3/4in. across; ovary bottle-shaped: fr. yellow, bitter. June. Japan, Korea, Manchuria to Cent, and W. China.—Known as silver vine on account of the beautiful silvery white color of the young lvs. of the staminate plant. CH

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