Actinidia kolomikta 'Arctic Beauty'
Common Name: variegated kiwi vine 
Type: Vine
Family: Actinidiaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Spread: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Fragrant, Insignificant
Leaf: Colorful


Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best foliage color with minimal shade. Too much shade or excessive fertilization may diminish foliage color. Prune to control size. If growing at least in part for fruit production, plant one male for every three to four females. If growing only for ornamental foliage, consider planting only male plants.

'Arctic Beauty' is one of the most hardy cultivars of variegated kiwi vine available, and has been shown to thrive in Zones 3-8.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Actinidia kolomikta is a relatively fast-growing, deciduous, woody vine which typically grows 15-20' and features tiny, slightly fragrant, greenish-white flowers in early summer and attractive, heart-shaped (to 5" long), green foliage variegated with white and/or pink. Flowers are not particularly showy since they are often hidden by the foliage. Juvenile foliage is purplish green. This species is dioecious (separate male and female plants), and the male plants reportedly have better leaf variegation than the female plants. Greenish-yellow, 1" long, edible fruits appear on female plants in early fall.

Genus name comes from the Greek word aktis meaning ray in reference to how the plant growth radiates like the spokes of a wheel.

Specific epithet is the vernacular name of this plant in the Amur region of eastern Asia.

'Arctic Beauty' is a vigorous, male selection of variegated kiwi vine that can reach up to 20' tall with an equal spread. The heart-shaped foliage features white and pink variegation. This plant will not set fruit, but the small, white flowers that appear in early summer are fragrant.


No serious disease or insect problems.


This vine's vigorous growth habit makes it suitable for a variety of cover-type uses such as trellises, arbors, patio overheads, fences, screens, or walls.