homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner
Lardizabala biternata - Ruiz.&Pav.
Common Name Zabala Fruit
Family Lardizabalaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grows into trees in woodland[139, 184].
Range S. America - Chile, Peru.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade


Lardizabala biternata Zabala Fruit

Lardizabala biternata Zabala Fruit
Physical Characteristics
 icon of manicon of climber
Lardizabala biternata is an evergreen Climber growing to 3.5 m (11ft 6in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Dec to February. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant)The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.


Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; East Wall. By. South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked. Sweet and pulpy[2, 3, 11], it is considered to be a delicacy in Chile where it is collected and sold in local markets[183]. Also of interest value because of its sausage-like deep purple fruits[183]. The fruit is 5 - 8cm long[188].
Medicinal Uses
Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

None known
Other Uses

A cordage is made from the stems[1, 61].
Cultivation details
Prefers a well-drained humus-rich sandy loam in a shady protected position[200]. It requires a sunny wall according to another report[182], whilst others say that it succeeds in sun or semi-shade[188, 219]. A very ornamental plant[1], but it is only hardy in the mildest areas of Britain tolerating occasional lows to -10°c[184]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. The fruits are only formed in this country after a long hot summer[166, 219]. Plants climb by means of twining[182], they do not really need pruning[219]. The flowers can be monoecious or dioecious. Male and female flowers are carried on the same plants[188]. The edible fruit is sold in the local markets in Chile and Peru[46].
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in early summer and, if possible, give the plants some protection for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm long with a heel, June/July in a frame[78]. The cuttings should be put in individual pots[78]. A good percentage[78]. Stem cuttings in spring and autumn[200].

Books by Plants For A Future

Other Names
Found In
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Plant Suppliers: Click here for a List

      You can download this page as a PDF

Due to a fault in the PDF printer we are trying a few different options. Please try the one below


Print Friendly and PDF
Expert comment
Botanical References
Links / References
For a list of references used on this page please go here
Readers comment
Elizabeth H.
Mon Jan 30 2006
Under physical characteristics you have "the plant not is self fertile" is there any chance of this being cleared up? is it self fertile or not?
Elizabeth H.
Herbert Müller Mon Aug 4 2008
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, ich bin aus Deutschland und habe eine große Bitte. Bin ein großer Pflanzenfreund tropischer Pflanzen und Früchte. Könnten Sie mir nicht behilflich sein, eine oder mehrere Pflanzen der Lardizabala biternata zu erwerben. Versuche es schon seit langer Zeit, ohne jeden Erfolg. Wäre Ihnen sehr dankbar wenn Sie mir dabei helfen könnten. Vielen Dank und herzliche Grüße, Herbert müller Deutschland.
Elizabeth H.
Herbert Müller Mon Aug 25 2008
Hallo, mein Name ist Herbert Müller aus Germany. Ich bin ein großer Pflanzenfreund von Tropischen Pflanzen. Ich bin seit Jahren auf der Suche nach einer "Lardizabala biternata." Meine Bitte: Könnten Sie mir nicht behilflich sein bei der Pflanzenbeschaffung? Würde großzügig bezahlen! Habe in Deutschland ein Buch über winterharte Tropenpflanzen geschrieben, und möchte unbedingt diese Pflanze nähers kennenlernen.Ich wäre Ihnen sehr dankbar wenn Sie mich bei der Beschaffung dieser Pflanze unterstützen könnten! Meine E-Mail Adresse: Herbert-Mueller36@web.de Vielen dank
QR Code

What's this?

This is a QR code (short for Quick Response) which gives fast-track access to our website pages. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone (smartphone) cameras. This QR Code is unique to this page. All plant pages have their own unique code. For more information about QR Codes click here.

1. Copy and print the QR code to a plant label, poster, book, website, magazines, newspaper etc and even t-shirts.
2. Smartphone users scan the QR Code which automatically takes them to the webpage the QR Code came from.
3. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf.org website on their phone.
Add a comment/link

If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included. If you think a comment/link or information contained on this page is inaccurate or misleading we would welcome your feedback at admin@pfaf.org. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves.

* Please note: the comments by website users are not necessarily those held by PFAF and may give misleading or inaccurate information.

To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately.

Subject : Lardizabala biternata  

Plant Uses

Edible Uses
Medicinal Uses
Other Plant uses
Woodland Gardening
Why Perennial Plants?
Top Edible Plants
Top Medicinal Plants
Garden Design

Twiter      Facebook


Content Help
Support Us
Old Database Search
About Us
Sign In

PFAF Newsletter

Stay informed about PFAFs progress,
challenges and hopes by signing up for
our free email ePost. You will receive
a range of benefits including:
* Important announcements and news
* Exclusive content not on the website
* Updates on new information &
functionality of the website & database

We will not sell or share your email address.
You can unsubscribe at anytime.