Decaisnea fargesii is a deciduous ornamental Shrub growing to 4 m (13ft) by 4 m (13ft) at a medium-fast rate.
It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender.
Decaisnea is grown as an ornamental plant for its bold foliage and decorative fruit, bright blue in many cultivated plants, which are sometimes nicknamed "dead man's fingers".
Decaisnea belongs to the chocolate vine family. Its range covers the Himalayas to western China. The plants are deciduous shrubs and noted for their showy ornamental edible fruit. It is not very hard to grow in cooler temperate climates, in a fertile, well-drained soil. They are quite frost hardy, able to tolerate temperatures down to at least -15C (5F).
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil.
Genus - Decaisnea
Species - Fargesii
Common name - Blue Sausage Fruit
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 6 - 9
Height - 12-25' / 3.50 - 7.50(15) m
Spread - 12-25' / 3.50 - 7.50(15) m
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Well Drained
Water requirements - High
Landscape uses - Best in shrub borders or woodland gardens.
Germination rate - 79%
Bloom season - May to June
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow green
|Germination||1. Soak for 24 hours in warm water.|
2. Wrap the seeds in a moistened paper towel. Place the paper towel inside a sealable plastic bag. Store the seeds this way for 60-90 days inside a refrigerator to cold-stratify them.
GERMINATION after stratification: Sow seed 1/8 inch deep , tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed.