The Q&A Archives: Pruning Sweet Memory Duranta

Question: I have a Sweet Memory Duranta plant that I would like to grow as a shrub. Right now, it seems to be growing like a vine. I've read that it can be pruned to encourage more shrub-like growth. I'm wondering if you can give me some guidelines on how to prune it. Thanks!

Answer: A very young duranta will have long, stringy growth. As the plant matures, it will develop a woody base and become more shrublike. It takes 2-3 years for the base to become woody. You can encourage your duranta to become more shrublike by pruning back the wispy vinelike growth by about one half. This will force new growth from the base of the plant and eventually it will mature and become woody. Cutting back the top of your plant once or twice during the summer months will help keep it under control and in the shape you desire. Best wishes with your duranta.

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