Auburn University has developed a series of Golden Kiwi’s they think revolutionize the industry and give the South another fuzzy fruit to brag about. Thanks to @Rahul1 we know now that The Wildlife Group in Tuskegee has propagation rights are selling them to the public at a usury rates, of $25 per plant and $25 shipping. TWG will however not ship to the west coast.
So if any West Coasties want to get your hands on one I am willing to reship them from NJ.
The Wildlife Group
2858 County Road 53
Tuskegee, Alabama 36083
Ask for Kandis
AU sunshine (Female) mate Tiger (Male)
AU Dragon (Female) mate ck3 mentor (Male)
Okay, I guess I’ll have to call. I have been wanting to get AU Sunshine (actually the cultivar ‘Jinyang’), but if they are grafted on A. deliciosa, then that is a problem. Fuzzy kiwi have suffered extreme trunk damage by fluctuating winter temps here (TN), but get much hardier after 2-3 years. Thanks for the info!
I talked to Kandis and these vines are grafted. Just saw your post that they may be on Gulf Coast. GC is a sport of Golden Sunshine that ripens a little later and tends to not drop fruit as much. That would be much better than fuzzy kiwi root stock.
Thanks for the info, I may try to get some of these. I have several different yellows now and that is nearly all of my kiwi planting as I like them the most. The main thing I look for is earlier ripening, many of them ripen a bit too late. I still have them all hanging as they are still ripening… these guys are supposed to ripen a month or two earlier, sounds like the ticket for me!
All of the AU yellow kiwis ripen earlier than anything previously available in the USA. The latest is AU Gulf Coast Gold, which ripens in early October in central Alabama, and earlier than Hort16A. Golden Sunshine ripens a month earlier than GCG.
An important difference is bud break and bloom periods. Golden Dragon is actually ‘Jinnong’ and diploid, while Golden Sunshine is ‘Jinyang’ which is tetraploid (the info in the patent is wrong). Tets typically have a later bud break and bloom period, than diploids, so are better at avoiding spring frost issues. Previously available tets ripened too late for most of us, so Golden Sunshine (and GCG), solve what was a major limitation.
What is not known is how hardy these are. Most of the yellow kiwis I have grown were fine, but not all. Soreli is one I have that has suffered after every winter. It is still hanging on, but has never bloomed. Hopefully, the Auburn varieties will be okay.
It is the best yellow one for me, lots of fruit and relatively earlier ripening. Last year I got very few fruits on any of my yellow kiwis, but in nearly all years they fruit well.
My yellow kiwis occasionally die, but I also have had that problem with other types of kiwis (Kens Red and Cordifolia for example). I have trunks every 4’ or so and multiple versions of my favorite varieties, giving some insurance.
That’s interesting. Mine is grafted on a Hort16A seedling, so maybe the rootstock is the problem. I plan to graft it to another vine at some point, so maybe that will help. If not, it may just not tolerate our winter warm spells well.