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Duranta

Duranta erecta

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

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

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.

Geography

Origin
America, Mexico to South America, the Caribbean Islands
Natural climate
Temperate to Tropical

Environment

Light
Full Shade, Partial Sun, Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Verbenaceae
Flower colour
Sky-blue, purple or blue sometimes with white border.
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free

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