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Duranta repens (Pigeon berry)

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Plant description

duranta repens pigeon berry

duranta repens pigeon berry.

Duranta repens is a tough, evergreen dense shrub that grows to 4 metres tall and wide, with pendulous purple sprays of flowers followed by round orange berries. It responds well to pruning and can be clipped to formal shapes and hedges. It grows best in warm temperate to tropical areas. The flowers attract birds and butterflies.

Duranta is an easy care plant that is rarely troubled by pests or diseases. It copes well on most soil types. Does well in full sun and part shade.

This plant can become invasive and weedy, as it self seeds readily.

The leaves and berries of Duranta are toxic.

Duranta repens is also known as Duranta erecta.

 

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: purple mauve
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 4 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butteflies and birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6.0-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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