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Mike's Blog - Day 75

Laptop has given up, so hope this works.

This is Actinidia kolomikta, growing up the dawn redwood tree near the ponds by the woodland garden. It’s grown for its attractive leaves which have white and pink blotches.

Perhaps this is to deter pests like the Theobroma (Day 68).

Actinidia are more commonly known as Kiwi fruits, but we would need to grow some of the cultivated hybrids to get the fruit that you would see in a supermarket. As we only have the one plant we don’t get any fruit on ours as you need male and female plants. If we did get fruit, they would be small.

The other name for these is Chinese gooseberry. Hybrids were developed for cultivation in New Zealand and they became a viable crop, becoming a popular fruit from the 1940’s.