Kiwi (branches) – Actinidia deliciosa Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Kiwi (branches) Botanical Name: Actinidia deliciosa, ak-tin-ID-ee-a dee-lis-i-O-sa Decorative Life: Weeks to months. Availability: Fall, Winter Family Roots: Member of Actinidiaceae (actinidia) family. Native of China and Taiwan. Personality: Used as twining, dormant branches covered with hairs cut to any length. Similar in use as grape vines. Dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined. Storage Specifics: Can be held at 32-34F for extended periods. Tidbits: The scientific name is from the Greek word “aktinos” (a ray) referring to the many styles of the flower which radiate out from the center. Better known for its fruit (kiwi) which is also called Chinese Gooseberry or Yang-Tao. The specific epithet name “deliciosa” is in reference to how the fruit tastes, delicious!