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Sausage Tree or Kigelia pinnata is native to the woodland and more open areas of Africa.  Of the family Bignoniaceae it is cultivated for its unusual flowers and large, woody, sausage-like seed pods.  Bats find this plant's slightly unpleasant smelling, night-blooming flowers very attractive.

Sausage Tree Flowers

Sausages

 

Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Sausage Tree

Botanical Name:  Kigelia pinnata

Family:  Bignoniaceae

Plant Type:  Large tree

Origin: Africa

Zones: 10 - 11

Height:  50' or more

Rate of Growth: Medium

Salt Tolerance: Medium

Soil Requirements:  Fertile, well-drained soil

Water Requirements: Moderate during growing season, less in winter

Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly

Light Requirements: Full sun

Form:  Large tree

Leaves:  20" long, leathery, deep to mid-green, pinnate borne in opposite pairs

Flowers: Rich brownish-red, open, trumpet-shaped, on 3-6' long loose, pendant panicles

Fruits: Long woody pods 14-24" long, pale brown and 11-15 pounds when ripe

Pests or diseases:  Whiteflies, Spider Mites, Mealybugs and Leaf Spots

Uses:  Specimen plant, shade tree

Bad Habits: None

Cost:  $$ - $$$ -- reasonable to expensive, may be difficult to obtain

Propagation:  Seed sown in spring at 70-73

Sources:   A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

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Last updated 06/03/08