Blue Bean, Blue Sausage Fruit, Dead Man's Fingers
Decaisnea fargesii

Family: Lardizabalaceae
Genus: Decaisnea (de-KANE-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: fargesii (far-GHEE-zee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vancouver, British Columbia

El Macero, California

Rockford, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Warren, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Blaine, Washington

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On May 5, 2012, WalkingStick from Olympia, WA wrote:

I planted seeds of Decaisnea fargesii in May of 2011, left them outside in a pot over winter (low about 25 degrees) and they are now just germinating in May 2012! It will be interesting to find out if they will do well in Olympia, Wa.

Positive

On Mar 16, 2012, floramakros from Davis, CA wrote:

One of the few plants with "blue" in its name that is true blue, not violet, purple etc. In sunlight bright and iridescent. In shade creates a blue cloud that really pops. Seed pods hang in clusters, they look like artificial ornaments. Great for those seeking a long lasting blue in the tree canopy. Neighbors will stop and stare, believe me! Great, fantastic looking little tree, did I mention it's BLUE?!