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PlantFiles: Sausage Vine
Holboellia coriacea

Family: Lardizabalaceae
Genus: Holboellia (hol-BEL-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: coriacea (kor-ee-uh-KEE-uh) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral bluntforcemama On Jun 30, 2014, bluntforcemama from Bothell, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I loved that this plant was evergreen, the leaves were lovely, and the flowers were fragrant. However, after two winters, I lost it without warning. It lost all of its leaves and never came back.

Positive wobblergolf On Dec 7, 2009, wobblergolf from Qualicum Beach
Canada wrote:

I have this vine growing in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. It is only 4 years old and is 18 feet high. It likes shade and lots of water. The seed pods are purple sausage-like and contain hundreds of seeds. When the "fruit" drops in fall, open the pods, strip out the seeds, wash them free of pulp, dry them and store in jar or envelope. I am growing from seed for the first time this year and if sucessful I will update. My local nursery has taken some of my seeds and they are trying as well.
Easy to grow and as hardy as they come.
UPDATE October 2010
The seeds took 8 weeks (be patient) to germinate in 4" pots but then they took off. The seedlings have spent all summer in 6" pots and are going into the garden soon. Thay look very healty, green and shiny. Fingers crossed for further growth

Positive cphcharlotte On Jul 30, 2008, cphcharlotte from Redmond, WA wrote:

acquired this plantwhen I was doing a "boutique nursery" for a local hardware store--sought out all sorts of uncommon plants as well as "tried&true. Took a long time to find much out about it with the referances I had. BUT it still survives in dry shade at the foot of a Western red cedar. Redmond is probably zone 7. It is somewhat sheltered in its place. It is growing SLOWLY. It is growing on a bright northfacing fence and gets almost no supplemental water. Every so often I take a gallon jug of water with a pinhole in it to drip on it. Based on its fruit I have always considered it akin to the akebia. I note in some referances it is called "China Blue" vine. I had always seen ampelopsis refered to as that common name---based on that kid's blue berries and variegated foliage.
I planted the vine in native soil and have not yet fertilized it. After maybe 8 years (or more) it is twining above the
4 foot fence with a couple of tendrils aiming toward the light. My conclusion is that it is a REALLY TOUGH CHARACTER! Obviously mine has not yet fruited.


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

Lafayette, California
Clifton, Colorado
Brooklyn, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cheshire, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon (2 reports)
Ames Lake, Washington
Bothell, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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