Sweet Memories Purple Sky Flower

Duranta erecta 'Sweet Memories'

This large tropical shrub displays pendulous clusters of royal purple flowers from late spring throughout summer. Ornamental, gold-colored berries follow the delightful blooms. Upright branches develop a graceful weeping habit when mature. Ideal for a quick hedge, or train as a patio tree. Semi-evergreen in frost-free climates.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationdoor-AN-tuh ee-RECK-tuh
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring to Late Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleRustic, Tropical
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureFruit Poisonous, Showy Fruit, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsFountain Grass (Pennisetum); Plumbago (Plumbago); Verbena (Verbena); Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis); Spiderwort (Tradescantia); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja)

Easily grown in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Keep slightly dry and feed sparingly to stimulate flowering; avoid high nitrogen fertilizers. Provide trellis support. Prune annually to control size. Sap may irritate skin.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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