Actinidia kolomikta

kolomikta vine or michurin actinidia

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2 lt pot (60cm cane) £28.99
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Buy Actinidia kolomikta kolomikta vine or michurin actinidia: Striking, pink and white splashed leaves

This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)

    A striking deciduous climber, grown mainly for its heart-shaped, deeply veined leaves which have splashes of pink and white on the tips, as if they've been dipped in paint. The flowers, which appear in early summer, are white and fragrant. This unusual, overlapping foliage looks marvellous on a sunny, protected wall. The variegation appears mostly on the uppermost sections of the plant and is often not apparent on young plants, so you will need to give your actinidia a couple of years to settle in.

  • Garden care: Plant in a sheltered spot. Tie the main stems on to a series of horizontal galvanised wires. In early spring, remove any crossing, diseased or overcrowded stems.

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Notes on Actinidia kolomikta

"Looks spectacular climbing up large trees, particularly effective against a sunny wall or a side of a house"

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Its growth stops short when reaching about 1m


I bought it last year in June. It was slow growing and then stopped at around 1 meter height. Then winter came when it went dormant. It did started growing lovely when the weather warmed up again, but then again it barely grows any higher once it reaches 1 meter. I did prune it to leave only two main branches for focused growth. Not sure what else I could have done. It's a bit frustrating, as I was counting on it to cover the newly replaced bare fence last year. It looks like I would have to find an alternative for that job. What a shame.




Waiting to see them mature


Is doing well on the screen block wall around my patio.




Don't buy this if you have a cat!


I was looking forward to watching this vine develop. It seemed healthy and had a lot of buds when I planted it. After a couple of weeks, I noticed most of the stems had actually vanished! .. rather a mystery as I doubted this was due to slug or snail activity. It took me a while to realise the destruction was caused by my cats! I noticed them rubbing up against the vine and biting it! I then read that cats are attracted to this plant and won't leave it alone. I can't recal reading this in your information. If I had known, I wouldn't have purchased Actinidia Kolomikta as I have three cats and no no vine!

Karen cat lover


Just the job, highly recomend.


This climber is perfect in filling a space left by dead hedge area. It's colourful and covers fairly quickly and is easy to grow . I have filled the growing are with compost and grit, as my soil is clay based. This plant has grown well in this matter during it's first year.

Gardener Jai



Taking a bit of timeto get going but hopefully this year


for a wall in a big old kitchen garden that I am restoring. I love the dipped in paint look




Wall climber


Well packed healthy plant. It has been very slow to grow . But has survived a very bad winter.




Every garden should have one


Bought for a friend as she admired my Aktinidia. This year hers is out poerforming as mine got caught in a surprise frost which decimated the youngest leaves. A hazard of gardening, but a most attractive climber in any garden




Better than Clematis any day


This is a beautiful climber and, after a couple of years, the pink and white leaves begin to show and knock spots off any clematis. Always admired and commented-on and I bought this from Crocus for a dog-sitting friend as a thank-you since she's long-admired my Aktinidia. Highly recommended and grows well up here in North Scotland.




Maybe next year


I needed a climber to hide an ugly brick wall, and i had bought a 2 liter pot plant hoping it was a few years old so the leaves would change color, but they stayed green all summer. Maybe it just needs a few more years?





4.0 9


Hiya, I planted this a couple of months ago and it has been growing and doing really well. Then for the last week or so (during heatwave) the leaves from the bottom are starting to go dry and brown and fall off. I am keeping it regularly watered and checking soil etc, but at this rate I won't have any leaves left... Any tips or advice please?


Thank you for your question. It may be that the plant is unable to supply the water that is present in the soil to teh leaves (they are losing water more quickly than can be replaced) due to the high temperatures and sunlight. This is a natural response during extreme weather and teh plant is conserving its resources to survive. If at all possible, I would shade the plant (fleece/screen) from the midday sun until things return to more normal conditions. It will produce new leaves at that point.


Hi, my plant is in it's second year and has been beautiful up until last week when all the leaves started to go brown and curly. There are no pests - have checked meticulously- it has been watered and fed as it should be and is positioned in a sunny sheltered spot. Any advice would be gratefully received!


Hello, These plants rarely succumb to pests or diseases, so I suspect it must be a cultural problem of some sort. The most likely causes of brown and crispy leaves is scorch of some sort - and this can be caused by lack of water, too much fertiliser, or even animal pee.


I put this plant in about a month ago and it's been growing very happily. However yesterday several leaves in the middle have been eaten. I can't see any bugs on any of the leaves, are there any known pests that attack this plant, I can't seem to find anything online.


Hello, These plants are rarely attacked by pests, so it's difficult to know what may be causing this. Your best option is to be vigilant - even going out at night and checking underneath the leaves with a torch if necessary!


Can you tell me whether Actinidea Kolomikta is suitable for coastal gardens? I am 100 yards from the beach on the south coast.

Jeffrey Robin

Hello, If you have a sheltered garden that is not exposed to salt-laden winds, then it should be fine.


Hi, This spring I purchased Actinidia Kolomikta from you and planted it straight away. I have a lot of green leaves, with reddish like edges but as yet I do not have any other colour on the leaves. I am not sure also whether it is a male or a female. Please can you advise on the above? It is in full sun, and followed the care instructions that came with it. Thanks

Pink Hopeful

Hello, These plants will take time to develop the variegation as it usually appears near the top of the plant and is often not very noticeable until the plant gets more mature. As for the plants sex, I'm afraid we cannot stipulate if the plants we sell are male or female.


I have a mature vine, do I need a male and female vine to produce fruit?


Hello, As a general rule you will need both a male and a female plant to get fruit, but it is worth keeping in mind that only the female plants will go on to produce fruit.


Hi there, Only the male specimen of this plant produces the striking coloured leaves. Do you sell only the male plants? Thanks,


According to the Kew Gardens website, "The distinctive leaf-colouring is restricted to the male plants...". Other websites just say that the variegation is stronger on the male. I was thinking about buying one myself until I found this, but am unsure unless I can find a male plant.


Morning Sorry but none of our plants are classed as male or female. We are not aware of it only being the male plant that produces the striking colouration on the leaves, and all our information is based on RHS information. Regards


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