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DURANTA erecta 'Sapphire Showers'

Image of Duranta erecta 'Sapphire Showers'

James Burghardt

Family

Verbenaceae

Botanical Name

DURANTA erecta 'Sapphire Showers'

Plant Common Name

Picotee Skyflower, Sapphire Showers Skyflower, Skyflower

General Description

The pretty picotee flowers of this colorful tropical shrub are violet-blue and white.

Golden dewdrop is a vigorous large broadleaf evergreen shrub native to tropical America. The cultivar ‘Sapphire Showers’ has drooping clusters of tubular violet-blue flowers with white edges. These appear when growing conditions are favorable and attract butterflies. Dangling chains of orange-yellow fruits succeed the flowers. The dainty toothed evergreen leaves are rich green and glossy. The branches are spineless and mature plants develop an almost weeping habit when mature.

This shrub does best in well-drained average soil and full to partial sun. In frost-free zones it can be grown as a landscape specimen small tree and in temperate zones with cold winters it is commonly grown as a seasonal bedding plant for containers or mixed borders. It will die back to the ground in regions with mildly frosty winters and rejuvenate each spring. Plant golden dewdrop singly as a specimen plant or massed as a screen. Duranta also works well as a large houseplant, tub specimen or pruned into a small standard tree.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Width

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Blue, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Orange

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes