Actinidia chinensis (deliciosa) ‘Hayward’ Chinese Gooseberry
The ‘Hayward’ is one of the more popular kiwifruit. It has fuzzy brown skin with bright green flesh with a slight sweet, strawberry flavor. Its fruit is the most common one found in markets. The larger, fuzzy-skin kiwis may not ripen on the vine. Leave the fruit on the vine as long as possible, and harvest before a hard frost. Black seeds indicate ripeness, usually around the first of November, but it can vary from year to year.
It is a beautiful, deciduous, vigorous climbing vine, producing the same fruit as found in grocery stores. Established vines are hardy to about -2° F. It is pollenized by the Fuzzy Male. The Hayward flowers later in the season and is a very productive type of kiwi. It has large fruit that usually ripens in October through November. If you harvest the fruit while it is still hard it can last up to two-three months in a refrigerator.
Yields can be up to 50 pounds per plant. Generally, Kiwi needs to be 2-3 years old before they set fruit. Our plants are usually 1-2 years old when we sell them. Kiwi plants shipped Fall through Spring may be dormant and with out leaves.
Height: Twining vine or climbing shrub reaching 30 ft but can be kept smaller with some pruning. Minimum temperature: Hardy to 0ºf -10ºf. USDA zone: 7-11. Find your zone here. Light: Full sun. Fruit: Brown fruit with light green flesh. Bearing age: 2-3 years, 50 lbs of fruit per plant. Pollination requirements: Requires a Fuzzy Male to set fruit. Ripens: Oct.-Nov.
The last photo is an example of a #1 (1 gallon) Hayward Kiwi, however, it is not the exact plant that you will receive. Your plant will be approximately 1-2 years old and 2'-3' tall.