DURANTA: GOLD MOUND
LATIN NAME: DURANTA ERECTA
Golden dewdrop is a vigorous large broadleaf evergreen shrub native to tropical America. The cultivar ‘Gold Mound’ has drooping clusters of tubular, lavender-blue flowers that appear when growing conditions are favorable and attract butterflies. Dangling chains of orange-yellow fruits succeed the flowers. The toothed leaves are chartreuse and glossy. Branches have thorns. The overall shape is weeping when mature. Gold Mound is not a dwarf plant, but has a short habit while young and will grow to full size a few years after planting.
Amount of Sunlight: Full Sun / Partial Shade
Amount of Water: Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil Conditions: Well drained
Cold Hardiness Zone: 9-11
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 and in temperate zones with cold winters it is commonly grown as a seasonal bedding plant. 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.