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Duranta erecta (Golden dewdrop, Pigeon berry, Sky flower)

Duranta erecta Duranta erecta 'Golden Edge' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Duranta erecta doo-RAN-tah ee-REK-tah Common Name: Golden dewdrop, Pigeon berry, Sky flower Synonyms: D. plumieri, D. repens Genus: Duranta
This tropical shrub or small tree may be grown in a mixed or shrub border; in colder climates, it does well in a temperate greenhouse. Flowers in shades of sky-blue, lilac, purple, or white blossom gracefully along arching branches in summer; they are followed by spherical, yellow fruit.
Care: In late winter or early spring, prune wayward shoots to maintain size. Outdoors, grow in moist, well-drainded soil in full sun. Indoors, provide shade from hot sun and water sparingly in winter.
Propagation: Sow seed in spring from 64° to 70°F; take semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.
Problems: Spider mites, mealybugs, whiteflies, leaf spot, damping off.
Height 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Summer
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Blue Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Flowering Tree, Indoor Plant, Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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