The delightful golden dewdrop tree sports purple flowers, golden berries, and an easy-care personality.
This is a good wildlife plant...the berries attract birds and the
flowers of this pretty tree attract butterflies. The berries and flowers
make a great show of it, often visible at the same time, and the heavy berry clusters cause the branches to weep.
Dewdrop is also available with white flowers, and there's a stunning cultivar with variegated leaves.
Buy a golden dewdrop already trained to a single trunk. It starts out in life as a dewdrop shrub, and all the hard work is already done for you by the grower. Keep the trunk cleaned up to maintain the tree look.
The dewdrop tree (sometimes called duranta tree) is a moderate to fast grower that can grow as tall as 8 to 15 feet, though it can be kept trimmed to 6 feet. The top can grow wide if you let it.
It does best in full to partial sun, but will also grow in part shade, though it won't flower as much.
Golden dewdrop trees are evergreen, moderately salt-tolerant and cold hardy through Zone 9B. They'll bloom on and off all year, more during warm months.
This plant is TOXIC (berries and foliage) to children and pets. It can also be a skin irritant...if you have sensitive skin, wear gloves when trimming or handling this plant.
Add top soil or organic peat moss to the hole when you plant. An addition of composted cow manure to the mix will be appreciated.
Because of the rate of growth, you may want to trim fairly often to shape, but avoid constant cutting or you'll never get flowers.
Prune the tree hard in the spring (late March to early April), and regularly trim off bottom shoots to clean up the trunk.
Fertilize 3 times a year (in
spring summer and fall) with a good granular fertilizer high in
phosphorus (or supplement with bone meal and/or liquid) to promote
Golden dewdrop needs a regular watering.
Plant a golden dewdrop tree 3 to 5 feet from the house.
If you're planting several in a row, place them 5 feet apart.
Dewdrop will grow fine in a large container with regular waterings.
A.K.A. (also known as): Pigeonberry, Skyflower
GOOD SNOWBIRD PLANT? YES (with regular irrigation)
COMPANION PLANT SUGGESTIONS: You might want to plant with other butterfly attracting plants, such as buddleia ("Butterfly Bush"), ixora, firespike, and low-growing perennials bulbine and lantana.
Other small flowering trees you might like: Tibouchina Tree, Bougainvillea Tree