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Duranta repens 'Geisha Girl' (Duranta, Pigeon berry)

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Plant description

duranta repens geisha girl

duranta repens geisha girl .

Duranta repens 'Geisha Girl' is a tough, evergreen dense shrub that grows to 2.5 metres tall and wide, with pendulous sprays of flowers from spring to autumn. The pretty flowers are purple-blue edged with white and are followed by orange berries. The foliage is deep green and has an attractive weeping habit. This cultivar of Duranta is more cold hardy and compact. It responds well to pruning and can be clipped to formal topiary shapes and is an excellent hedge plant. 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, but will do best on a fertile well drained soil. 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 and white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 2.5 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, 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.

Soil pH: 6.0-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser applied in spring.

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