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Blue Sausage Fruit

Decaisnea fargesii

Also known as

Deadman's Fingers, Blue Bean Shrub

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

8m

4m

Min

4m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Blue Sausage Fruit

Decaisnea insignis (syn. D. fargesii) with mature fruit. Cultivated, Northumberland, UK.
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Blue Sausage Fruit Overview

A deciduous, upright and sparsely branched shrub growing to around 6m. Bears large compound leaves that grow to 1m long and are often tinged blue-purple when young. The clusters of small yellow flowers are followed by fat, sausage-like, blue-grey fruit.

How to propagate Blue Sausage Fruit

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Other uses of Blue Sausage Fruit

Producing ornamental fruits. Summer interest.