Pink Cloud Vine Actinidia tetramera var. maloides

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rosy crab-apple kiwi


The plant, known as the Pink-Flowered Chinese Gooseberry, features unique and striking characteristics. It possesses heart-shaped leaves with a smooth, lush green surface and a vibrant, contrasting white to pink variegation around the edges. The foliage often exhibits a slight sheen, adding to the plant's visual appeal. During the blooming season, the Pink-Flowered Chinese Gooseberry produces flowers that exhibit a beautiful blend of colors, predominantly white, pink or sometimes a soft red, which are small and bell-shaped, forming in clusters that gracefully dangle from the plant. As the flowers fade, the plant bears fruit that starts out with a green hue and transitions to a golden brown when ripe. The outer skin of the fruit is fuzzy, typical of the kiwi family, while the inside flesh is bright green and dotted with a ring of small, black seeds. The overall appearance of the Pink-Flowered Chinese Gooseberry is a delightful mix of graceful variegated foliage, attractive flowers, and edible fruits, making it not only intriguing for garden enthusiasts but also for those interested in growing their own fresh produce. As a member of the kiwi family, the plant adds a touch of exotic charm to any setting in which it is grown.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pink Cloud Vine, Red Kiwi

    • Common names

      Actinidia maloides H.L.Li, Actinidia eriantha Benth.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant known as the Red Kiwi (Actinidia tetramera var. maloides) is not commonly listed as toxic to humans. Consuming parts of this plant is unlikely to cause significant or severe toxic symptoms. However, as with any plant material, individual allergies or sensitivities could trigger mild reactions. If any part of the plant were ingested in large quantities, it might cause some gastrointestinal discomfort, but this is not specific to the Red Kiwi's toxicity, rather a general response to consuming non-dietary plant matter. There is no widely reported or well-documented evidence of toxicity in humans for this particular species.

    • To pets

      The Red Kiwi (Actinidia tetramera var. maloides) is not generally known to be toxic to pets. There is limited information readily available concerning its toxicity to animals like cats and dogs. If a pet were to ingest a part of the Red Kiwi plant, they might experience gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, primarily due to the ingestion of non-food plant matter rather than specific toxicity. Owners should always monitor their pets and prevent them from eating large amounts of any plant material, both due to potential toxins and the risk of gastrointestinal blockages. If you suspect your pet is experiencing adverse effects after ingesting any plant, it is wise to consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      15 feet (4.57 meters)

    • Spread

      10 feet (3.05 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Actinidia tetramera var. maloides, also known as Pink-Flowered Chinese Gooseberry, is appreciated for its ornamental qualities, such as its attractive white and pink flowers, adding aesthetic value to gardens and landscapes.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The plant's flowers can attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, thereby supporting biodiversity.
    • Shade Provision: With its climbing habit, this plant can provide shade when grown over arbors or trellises, creating cooler areas in gardens.
    • Food Source: The fruits of the Pink-Flowered Chinese Gooseberry are edible, though they are not as commonly consumed as those of its relative, the kiwifruit.
    • Privacy Screen: When used as a climber on fences or walls, it can act as a living screen, offering privacy for outdoor spaces.
    • Soil Erosion Control: Being a robust climber, it can help in stabilizing slopes and preventing soil erosion.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • The Red-leafed vine (Actinidia tetramera var. maloides) can be used to create natural fencing or screens in gardens, providing privacy and a lush green backdrop during the growing season.
    • It can serve as a host plant for certain butterfly species, offering a food source for their caterpillars and helping to promote biodiversity.
    • The twining stems and rough texture of the Red-leafed vine can be used in landscape design, adding an element of interest to trellises and arbors.
    • The attractive flowers and foliage of the plant are used for decorative purposes in floral arrangements, particularly in outdoor events and garden-inspired themes.
    • Schools and educational programs use the Red-leafed vine to teach botany and horticulture, especially concerning climbing plants and their growth habits.
    • Its vibrant foliage is used in photography and film as a naturally colorful backdrop that requires little to no additional styling.
    • The thick foliage provides a natural habitat for local wildlife, such as birds and beneficial insects, offering shelter and nesting spots.
    • During autumn, the plant's foliage changes color and can be used in fall-themed decorations and settings, enhancing the seasonal atmosphere.
    • Gardeners may use the plant to experiment with propagation techniques, such as air layering, due to its vigorous growth and the ease with which it can be propagated.
    • Its rapid growth rate and dense foliage are often used to quickly cover unsightly garden elements like old fences or dead trees, providing a quick aesthetic fix.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Red Kiwi Vine is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Red Kiwi Vine is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Rare Beauty: Often known as the Red Beauty Kiwi due to its attractive red-tinted foliage, this plant symbolizes the unique and rare aspects of nature's beauty, reminiscent of how it stands out in the plant kingdom.
    • Exotic Charm: Native to uncommon habitats and lesser-known locales, Red Beauty Kiwi is attributed with the symbolism of exotic charm, pointing to the allure of the unfamiliar and foreign.
    • Vitality and Growth: As a vigorous grower, the plant represents robust vitality and the persistent force of life, which is a common trait associated with kiwi varieties and fruit-bearing plants in general.
    • Fertility: Bearing fruit, the Red Beauty Kiwi is often a symbol of fertility and abundance, reflecting the potential for new beginnings and the bearing of fruit in one's endeavors.
    • Connection to Nature: Encouraging outdoor cultivation, this plant signifies a deep connection to the natural world, emphasizing the importance of preserving and engaging with our environmental roots.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Pink Lemonade Vine should be watered deeply once every week during its growing season, ensuring the soil is thoroughly moistened. During the winter months, reduce watering to every two weeks, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. It's crucial to avoid waterlogging the soil which can lead to root rot. For an established vine, this usually translates to about 1.5 gallons of water per watering session, depending on soil type and climate.

  • sunLight

    Pink Lemonade Vine thrives in full sun to partial shade. Ideally, place it where it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. The best spot for this vine would be an east or west-facing location that provides bright, indirect light for the remaining daylight hours.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Pink Lemonade Vine prefers moderate temperatures and can tolerate a range between 32 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it thrives best when the temperature is consistently between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It's important to protect the vine from extreme cold and frost.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pink Lemonade Vine benefits from pruning to maintain its shape, encourage new growth, and remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring, before new growth starts. Annual pruning is often sufficient, but if the vine grows vigorously, a mid-summer trim may also be necessary.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Pink Vine or Rosy Crabapple Kiwi prefers a soil mix with good drainage; a blend of loam, peat, and sand is ideal. It thrives in slightly acidic soil, aiming for a pH between 5.5 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Rosy Crabapple Kiwi should be repotted every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and allow for growth. It's best done in late winter or early spring before the growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rosy Crabapple Kiwi prefers moderate to high humidity levels. Maintaining a humidity level around 60-70% is beneficial for this plant's health.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light and high humidity for indoor Pink Vine.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun/semi-shade, well-drained soil, and protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Actinidia tetramera var. maloides, also known as the Pink Kiwi Vine, begins its life cycle as a seed, which upon germination develops into a seedling with basic root, stem, and leaf structures. It then grows into a juvenile vine, during which time it develops its climbing habit and establishes a strong root system. The vine matures and enters the adult phase, characterized by extensive growth and the development of specialized tissues and structures such as the distinctive pink and white flowers. After pollination, which is often aided by bees or other insects, these flowers develop into the recognizable kiwi fruits. The vine then goes through a period of senescence where older parts die back and new growth emerges, ensuring the plant's perennial nature. The plant's life cycle can repeat annually, with periods of dormancy during colder months and rejuvenation in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The optimal time to propagate Actinidia tetramera var. maloides, commonly known as the Pink Cloud Vine, is usually during the spring season when the temperature starts to warm up, as this is when the plant is emerging from dormancy and its energy is directed towards growth. The most popular method of propagation for Pink Cloud Vine is by semi-hardwood cuttings. This involves taking a cutting of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long from a healthy part of the plant during the late spring or early summer. The cut end is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development and then placed in a well-draining potting mix. The cutting should be kept in bright, indirect light and maintained with consistent moisture until roots are established, after which it can be transplanted into the garden or a larger container.

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