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Dumbarton Oaks Hardy Kiwi

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Original price $24.99 - Original price $29.99
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$24.99 - $29.99
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SKU H422

Actinidia arguta 'Dumbarton Oaks'

What makes this sweet, heavy-producing, hardy kiwi unique? It ripens in September, a full month before Annanasnaja. The fruit is of medium size and somewhat ribbed, like a stout little green pumpkin. A charming selection from the elegant Dumbarton Oaks Estate in Washington D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood.

These fast-growing, beautiful vines produce clusters of oblong kiwi fruits the size of large grapes. Lacking the rough "fuzzy" kiwi skin, these smooth fruits can be eaten whole, like bunches of kiwi-flavored seedless grapes. Originally brought to this country as an ornamental, the green fruit is similar to the fuzzy kiwi in flavor, though sweeter and easier to eat. The smooth-textured vines are very vigorous and need a strong support. Training a fruiting female vine up the legs or railings of a deck, or along an unattractive chain link fence, can create a great tropical effect and be uniquely easy to harvest! Have a hardy arguta or an early-blooming fuzzy deliciosa male for pollination, and allow 3-5 years to begin flowering and fruiting.

USDA Zone: 5-9

Grow Height: 40' Long at Maturity

Sun: Full Sun to Afternoon Shade in hot climates

Ripening Time: Early Fall

Pollination: Needs a Pollinizer - one Male for 6-8 Females

Read our Kiwi Growing Guide

Size: 1 Gal/Spring Ship


Ask a Question
  • Hello I would like to grow kiwis on a trellis along a west facing wall of our house that won't get any shade after noon. We're in Boise, Idaho where it gets hot, 100+F in summer, then maybe a few feet of snow over winter. Any suggestions for what could work (or survive)? Thank you.

    The heat shouldn't be a problem as long as it's irrigated - this kiwi was named for the Dumbarton Oak's neighborhood in Washington DC where it gets plenty hot. As long as you're a zone 5 or higher I don't think you'll have an issue. Make sure you get a male too!

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Claudia K.
Beautiful hardy kiwi plants

My three plants arrived safely and on schedule. They are beautiful and very healthy with lots of leaves and big root systems. I wish they had arrived a bit later, as we still get temperatures below freezing at night in my area through April and it’s going to be 26 degrees tomorrow night. But I was told that if I protect them on those nights, they will be ok.

Nick W.
Dumbarton Oaks Hardy Kiwi

The plants were packaged well, easy to unpack (without damaging the young plants), and have quickly begun to thrive.

All the kiwis (6 total in the bundle) are growing great looking leaves. Now the pressure is on me to provide them with a set-up that is worthy of their quality.

Thank you Raintree