I don't know much about the climate in South England, except that from
what I've heard it's a fair bit warmer than western Pennsylvania, where I
am. But I can comment on the plants.
Pink-leaved kiwi will not produce fruit, because only the male vines have
pink leaves. However, I have seen Actinidia kolomikta advertised as
"Arctic kiwi", so the female vines should produce fruit, even on the north
side of the house. (I presume the fruit would be "edible", but
"palatable" might be a whole different story.)
Akebia is listed as an invasive species in southeastern Pennsylvania, so
it should produce fruit wherever you plant it.
You definitely don't want to overly pamper apples, especially if you are
subject to late frosts. The flowers will open early and be killed off.
The west wall would be okay, but fruit trees generally do better if they
get plenty of air circulation.
Chocolate? as in Theobroma cacao? I thought that was a tropical plant. I
would definitely put that in the most protected position possible (which
might not be the south side; early-morning sun and wind protection are
On Sat, 29 Mar 2003 04:35:47 +0000, N. Thornton wrote:
Can you tell me if these plants would do well in South England:
Pink leaved kiwi, on north facing wall, actinidia kolomikta. Would it
ripen OK on north?
Akebia quinata on either south of west facing wall (is that right?
afternoon sun anyway) - would it be ok? would it ripen ok? I suspect not.
I was thinking of putting apples on the south facing wall: or would west
be OK for them? Then I could put the chocolate on the south wall. Thanks.
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