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Actinidia arguta 'Meader'

'Meader' Kiwi Male

'Meader' Kiwi Male



  • Sun
  • Partial shade


4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Bloom time

  • June

  • Productive
  • Climbing
  • Sweet fruits
  • Fragrant flowers
  • Easy to grow

The 'Meader' kiwi is a male, climbing plant that is essential for pollinating female kiwi varieties. It does not produce fruit itself, but its presence is crucial for ensuring a bountiful harvest of kiwi fruits.

A vital pollinator for female kiwi plants:

  • The 'Meader' kiwi is a vigorous pollinator that produces an abundance of pollen during the spring months.
  • Its pollen is compatible with a wide range of female kiwi varieties, making it a versatile choice for home gardeners and commercial growers alike.
  • Planting a 'Meader' kiwi plant near your female kiwi plants will significantly increase their fruit production.

A hardy and adaptable plant:

  • The 'Meader' kiwi is a hardy plant that can tolerate cold winters, withstanding temperatures down to -25°C (-13°F).
  • It thrives in well-drained soils and prefers sunny or partially shaded locations.
  • The 'Meader' kiwi is a relatively low-maintenance plant, requiring only occasional pruning and fertilization.

A fast-growing and attractive vine:

  • The 'Meader' kiwi is a fast-growing vine that can reach heights of 3 to 4 meters (10 to 13 feet).
  • Its dense, dark green foliage provides a lush and attractive addition to any garden or landscape.
  • The 'Meader' kiwi's fragrant white flowers bloom in the spring, adding a touch of elegance to the garden.

Complementary to female kiwi varieties:

  • The 'Meader' kiwi is an excellent complement to female kiwi varieties such as 'Chung Bai' and 'Issai'.
  • Its presence ensures that these female plants receive the necessary pollen for fruit production.
  • By planting both male and female kiwi plants, you can create a thriving kiwi orchard in your own backyard.

Plant details


96 - 120 in.
120 - 144 in.
120 - 144 in.



  • Climbing

Flowering colours:

  • White

Plant needs


  • Especially the first years
  • during drought periods


  • Maintenance pruning
  • Use mulch to protect from winter

Soil requirement:

  • Rich and well drained



  • Drought


  • Pollinators


  • Trellis


  • Edible
  • Early flowering
  • Scented

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