Duranta erecta is a species of flowering shrub in the verbena family Verbenaceae, native from Mexico to South America and the Caribbean. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical gardens throughout the world.Common names include golden dewdrop, pigeon berry, and skyflower.
Cultivar ‘Cuban Gold’
Cultivar ‘Cuban Gold’ is a A tropical Jamaican shrub. It shines in containers, baskets and borders, holding its dazzling chartreuse color even in the toughest of summer heat and humidity. Occasional sprays of blue flowers are followed by attractive clusters of golden non-edible berries. An exceptionally versatile plant, ‘Cuban Gold’ is well-branched and low-growing, and useful as edging or for containers. Great tropical shrub in warm areas.
Attracts fall birds and butterflies even with very few or no flowering
Growing & Caring
Cuban Gold plants prefer full sun and provide a constant chartreuse foliage color. Plants are low-growing, reaching 18-24 inches tall in the landscape by fall.
They are recommended as perennials in USDA hardiness zones 9-11 but make great annuals in areas north of hardiness zone 9. Regrowth will occur in hardiness zone 8, but the new growth is slow in the spring.
There are many ways to landscape with Duranta. It’s a great border plant as well as hanging baskets and container. It does beautifully in a pot mixed with other fall annuals.
Place it in a well-drained area, the more sun the better for the most vibrant leaf color. Add top soil or organic peat moss to the hole when you plant. You can add in composted cow manure as well to enrich the soil around the root ball. Water regularly, and fertilize with a good granular fertilizer 3 times a year (spring, summer and autumn).
In late winter or early spring, prune wayward shoots to maintain size. Outdoors, grow in moist, well-drainded soil in full sun. Indoors, provide shade from hot sun and water sparingly in winter.