Golden Dew Drop (Duranta erecta 'Sapphire Showers')

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 15 to 25 feet
Plant Spread: 8 to 12 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®


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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 4, 2016 4:21 PM

Duranta erecta is named after the papal physician and botanist Castore Durante. He lived in Rome during the latter half of the 15th century.
Sapphire refers to the blue color, as in the gemstone, and the "showers" refers to the flowering branches that tend to hang down at the ends from the concentration of blooms and fruit so situated.
The "golden dew drop" common name is from the yellow drupe that follows the flowers. A drupe has a soft, fleshy skin surrounding a hard nut or stone wherein dwells the seed.
I have successfully grown this plant trained as a small tree in a quite large pot. It is overwintered in the basement under fluorescent lights. The plant may lose 50 to 75% of its leaves during the winter but swiftly re-leafs when set in the sun in late spring.
It attracts bees, butterflies, and moths throughout the summer and into the fall.

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jmorth On July 13, 2017 Bloomed
(becomes a pollinator magnet)
jmorth On November 11, 2014 Winterized
Moved from garage to basement where it will be overwintered under fluorescent lights.
Suga On June 27, 2017 Obtained plant
Bought from Marvins (old Central Hardware Store)
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2018 Butterflies, Moths & Larva by jmorth Jun 29, 2019 5:33 PM 1,770
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