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Holboellia coriacea

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

old H3 (may need winter protection)

Colour

Flower

Pale Green and Pale Purple in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Green and Purple in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

sausage vine

Family

Lardizabalaceae


Holboellia are vigorous evergreen climbing shrubs with twining stems bearing leathery, palmate leaves and axillary clusters of small flowers, both male and female on the same plant

H. coriacea is a rampant climber with leaves composed of three oblong, leathery leaflets, and clusters of pale purple male, and greenish female flowers, occasionally followed by sausage-shaped greenish-purple fruits 5-6cm in length

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Will suit most sheltered walls including cool shade but to produce flowers it needs some sun

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, layering or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 in spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free