The fruits, the size of a walnut, are edible. It was first grown commercially in New Zealand, where it has been superseded by Actinidia deliciosa, or Kiwifruit. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine.
In Western gardens it may range 30 feet in all directions, making it unsuitable for all but the largest spaces unless pruned back hard at the end of every growing season.
Actinidia Chinensis is a deciduous Climber growing to 7.5 m (24ft 7in). It is hardy to zone 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Oct to December.