Hayward C8 is the most cultivated variety of Actinidia in the world. The fruit is comparatively larger than the conventional variety, it mainly produces single fruits.
Meanwhile fruit ripening takes place 1 week earlier than the conventional. It has better storage ability in the cold rooms. Furthermore, it requires less thinning and at the same time produces better fruit quality. It has also shown increased resistance to Phytophthora spp.
Plant vigor: plant of medium-high vigor, good ramification
Productivity: very high and regular
Entrance of production: very quick in 2nd – 3rd leaf
Chilling ours: high; 950 – 1150 Chilling Units (0-7.2°C)
Blossom: late, second half of May (Verona, Italy)
Blossom quantity: strong
Fertility: self-sterile but very easy to pollinate with Tomuri (1M/7F)
Fruit size: big, over 100gr fruits
Form: circular oval, medium-big size fruit
Firmness: very good
Color of the pulp: intense green
Taste: excellent taste when it is mature (12,5 °brix)
Maturation: ending of October, beginning of November
Storage ability: very high