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Holboellia coriacea - Diels.

Common Name Sausage Vine
Family Lardizabalaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Scrub and gorges, 600 - 1300 metres in W. Hubei[184]. Rocky places in thickets[109]. Mixed forests, mountain slopes, among shrubs and trailsides at elevations of 500 - 2000 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - W. China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Holboellia coriacea Sausage Vine


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Holboellia coriacea Sausage Vine

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Holboellia coriacea is an evergreen Climber growing to 7 m (23ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to May, and the seeds ripen from Jul to September. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[3]. Sweet but insipid[109, 183]. The fruit is purple with a white pulp and is about 5cm long and 2.5cm wide[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in any fertile soil in sun or part shade[182, 200]. Plants grow best on a shady wall or when grown into a tree[200]. They succeed in sun or deep shade, but fruits are much more likely to be produced when the plants are grown in a sunny position[200, 219]. Plants are not fully hardy in Britain, they tolerate temperatures down to about -15°c[184] and can be damaged by prolonged periods below -5°c[200]. Plants are hardy at Kew but they do not fruit freely in this country[11]. Hand pollination would probably help[11, 166], the fruits are also more likely to form in hot summers[166]. There is also some doubt as to whether the plants are monoecious or dioecious, it would be best to grow at least two distinct plants (not cuttings from one plant) and make sure that male and female flowers are present[K]. The flowers are sweetly and heavily scented. The males are produced on the previous years wood whilst females are produced on the current years wood[182]. Plants are fast growing[200] and climb by means of twining[182]. This genus is closely related to Stauntonia species[200].

Propagation

Seed - we have no details on this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise as soon as you obtain it, in a warm greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of softwood[1]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood in late summer or autumn[188]. Layering.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Diels.

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Readers comment

Judi Buttifant   Tue Dec 12 2006

We planted our holboellia some 8 years ago in south west facing, sheltered position to climb over pergola. It has flowered from the start and given an increasingly strong perfume each year. This year it has surprised us by fruiting for the first time! Beautiful purple sausage shaped fruits hang among the bright green foilage. I will take your advice and try growing more plants from seed straight away to pass on to friends.

   Oct 6 2011 12:00AM

We planted four of these on a North facing wall in a rather dank entrance courtyard, very exposed on the northern side. They have thrived, although the one that receives even less oblique sunshine than the others has limited foliage at low level. This one has produced a purple fruit for the first time, about 7cm long and 3cm in diameter, rather like an elongated plum, though I have no idea whether it is edible.

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