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Decaisnea insignis - (Griff.)Hook.f.&Thomson.

Common Name
Family Lardizabalaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist woods and thickets to 3000 metres[109, 146].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas in Sikkim and Bhutan.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Decaisnea insignis


Author: Hooker, Joseph Dalton Publisher: London : L. Reeve, 1855
Decaisnea insignis

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Decaisnea insignis is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3.5 m (11ft 6in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in flower in June, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[1, 105, 177]. A yellow pod about 8cm long[200], it is filled with a white juicy pulp that is very sweet and pleasant to eat[2].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a rich moist loamy soil and a sunny position sheltered from cold winds[1, 175]. Succeeds in partial shade[200]. This species is not very hardy in Britain[11], it probably needs greenhouse protection in most parts of the country[1]. The flowers and young growth in spring are very frost-tender and can be damaged by late frosts[200]. The flowers are produced at the tips of the new upright growths in the spring[11, 202].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200], it then usually germinates freely in early spring[K]. Sow stored seed in February in a greenhouse. This usually germinates well, within 1 - 3 months at 18°c[175]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on under protection for their first winter. Plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Cuttings.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Decaisnea fargesiiBlue Sausage FruitShrub4.0 4-8 MLMHSNM300

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(Griff.)Hook.f.&Thomson.

Botanical References

11109200

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