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Gold Edge Duranta

Duranta erecta 'Gold Edge'

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Gold Edge Duranta (Duranta erecta 'Gold Edge') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Duranta erecta 'Gold Edge'

Duranta erecta 'Gold Edge'

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Gold Edge Duranta (Duranta erecta 'Gold Edge') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Duranta erecta 'Gold Edge' foliage

Duranta erecta 'Gold Edge' foliage

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Golden Edge Duranta, Sky Flower, Pigeon Berry

Description:

A beautiful large shrub or small tree producing clusters of showy violet-blue flowers with dazzling white petal edges; can be maintained as a small tree; showy gold variegated foliage makes this an outstanding addition to the landscape

Ornamental Features

Gold Edge Duranta features showy clusters of violet flowers with blue overtones and white edges at the ends of the branches in mid summer. It has gold-variegated dark green foliage with hints of light green. The serrated pointy leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. It produces orange berries in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Gold Edge Duranta is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Gold Edge Duranta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Gold Edge Duranta will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Gold Edge Duranta makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features