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Duranta

Duranta erecta

Also known as

Golden Dewdrop, Pigeonberry, Skyflower

Golden Dewdrop (Duranta erecta) by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

5m

2m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Duranta erecta (inflorescense)
(Duranta erecta) at Appughar Park 01
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Duranta Overview

Duranta erecta is a sprawling shrub or infrequently a small tree and was introduced into gardens for its excellent hedging properties. It is no longer cultivated for a number of reasons, including the fact that the sharp thorns make pruning difficult. It has also been noted as a plant that has the potential to be invasive in South Africa, and the berries are poisonous to humans and pets. New varieties like Duranta ‘Sheena's Gold' have replaced Duranta erecta in garden and landscape use with beautiful golden foilage.

Common problems with Duranta

Generally problem free

How to harvest Duranta

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Duranta

Seed

Sow seed in situ as soil warms up in spring time.

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings can be rooted with bottom heat in summer time.

Special features of Duranta

Attracts birds

Attracts birds that feed on the berries.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees when in flower.

Hedge plant

Plant reacts well to pruning, making it a good plant for creating hedges.

Attractive flowers

Flowers are sky-blue, purple or blue sometimes with white border.

Other uses of Duranta

Grown for their flowers and overall appearance.

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