Duranta, Golden Dew Drop, Pigeon Berry, Sky Flower 'Sapphire Showers'

Duranta erecta

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Duranta (door-AN-tuh) (Info)
Species: erecta (ee-RECK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sapphire Showers



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun






Foliage Color:

White/near White





12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Under 1"

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona(2 reports)

Queen Creek, Arizona

Springdale, Arkansas

Burbank, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Folsom, California

Lemon Grove, California

Los Angeles, California

San Jose, California(2 reports)

Spring Valley, California

Apopka, Florida

Aripeka, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

Bradley, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida(2 reports)

Cocoa, Florida

Deerfield Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida(2 reports)

Fort Myers, Florida(2 reports)

Gainesville, Florida

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Hollywood, Florida(2 reports)

Jacksonville, Florida(2 reports)

Jensen Beach, Florida

Jupiter, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Maitland, Florida

Mayo, Florida

Miami, Florida

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

North Port, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida(2 reports)

Port Saint Lucie, Florida(2 reports)

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida(3 reports)

Sebastian, Florida

Tampa, Florida(2 reports)

Vero Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Zolfo Springs, Florida

Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Chauvin, Louisiana

Prairieville, Louisiana

Scott, Louisiana

Vacherie, Louisiana

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Cross, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Church Hill, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Houston, Texas

Humble, Texas

Katy, Texas

Laredo, Texas

Liverpool, Texas

Lytle, Texas

Marble Falls, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Roanoke, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spicewood, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Zapata, Texas

St John, Virgin Islands

Disputanta, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 6, 2018, Shannin1 from Chicago, IL wrote:

I love this little tree and desperately want to save it over winter. I'm in Chicago (6a - eek!) I planted it in the ground early summer and it did wonderfully! I dug it up about a month ago for our indoor porch area (western facing, it's in front of sliding glass doors, too). It's been doing ok until about a week ago. Now leaves are turning yellow and dropping, but I am noticing some tiny new growth. Realize it is in shock, but do you think it will survive the winter, here? While it is in a huge pot now, should I still mulch? Maybe wrap in burlap? Any advise is greatly appreciated! Many thanks!


On Nov 26, 2014, lalark from Springdale, AR wrote:

We purchased the plant at a local nursery and have overwintered it for three years. It has always come back in the spring to produce lots of foliage and will flower abundantly when the temperature is above 80 degrees. In fall, we harden it off leaving it outside, near our garage, but covered with a sheet at night for a week or so before bringing it inside the garage as temps continue to drop outside. This duranta is in a large pot, so we give it about a gallon of water per week in the fall, and reduce to half that amount when plant goes dormant. The bumblebees love the purple flowers, so proper placement in the summer is essential! Our bees are well mannered and always move away when we trim the plant.


On Apr 1, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

I know this plant is rated 9b zone hardiness but I have one and there are a lot of them around here in Central Texas zone 8a , They are die back perennials here and do not get very tall but they are everywhere . I also have the white version it does die back in severe winters but 2011-2012 mild winter it lost minimal leaves and its already blooming .


On May 29, 2011, CostaRica from Guayabo de Bagaces, Guanacaste,
Costa Rica (Zone 10b) wrote:

Perfect plant to 'block' an unsightly building . Makes a great hedge and grows very fast...but doesn't take over an area.


On Mar 18, 2011, rjsecora from Caneyville, KY wrote:

I have this tree and absolutely love it. It was gorgeous all summer long. However, the guy that sold it to me said it was hardy for my area...I am in KY - so I am a zone 6...can sometimes get away with a 7. Last year, I couldn't find any info on it. So the bark is, for lack of a better word, molting away from the stem. I think the winter killed it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Can it be brought back to life? I really loved this little tree.


On Jul 25, 2010, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:

One of my favorites in the garden, I planted this bush off my front porch where it gets morning to early-afternoon sun. Puts on quite a show when it blooms, since the butterflies, hummingbirds, & bees visit it. We need to prune it regularly, otherwise it gets so bushy it takes over the entry way. Burns back in hard-freezes but comes right back as soon as the weather warms up. Showy pretty berries add to the plant's appeal. Easy to grow & drought-tolerant.


On Apr 18, 2010, katrich from Church Hill, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted the Golden Dew Drop last summer and it grew really fast to a great size. Beautiful varigated leaves and blooms that added color to my garden. Other than watching out for the thorns, I love it. Where it was planted, it didn't get a lot of sunshine and it didn't make it through the winter so I plan on purchasing more to plant in a better place as more of a border type plant around our property. I had put it where it would block the faucet and hose area in my garden which it did beautifully but will have to find something else that doesn't require as much sun.


On Feb 15, 2010, chiggerville from Chapel Hill, NC wrote:

Bloomed beautifully the 1st year (2007). Came back from its roots the 2nd year and bloomed but less vigorously. Now, each summer it continues to come back strongly but doesn't bloom until it is 10' tall (late Aug) and then only slightly.


On Oct 24, 2009, vbanderson from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

I need advice. I am in Indianapolis IN and received this plant as a gift. (Sapphire Showers Duranta - Tree) It has been beautiful all summer. How can I properly help this tropical plant through our winter in the north and still have a beautiful blooming healthy plant next season? Responses are appreciated. I am not a plant "techie". [email protected] Thank you.


On Aug 3, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

i love this bush and so do the hummers, hummingbird moths and bees ! it blooms like gangbusters , takes a break for a few weeks and does it all over again and again! it's truly a treasure in my garden. it has returned , even after the coldest winter in 15 years.


On Jul 31, 2007, CAT123 from Aripeka, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I live right on the Gulf of Mexico in Aripeka Fl. The golden dewdrop,Duranta reopens is very salt tolerant and an excellent wind breaker I've had it growing for 12 years or so and have planted 4 more on my yard plus planted it in 3 more yards all are doing excellent even after being covered with 3 foot of salt water To get it to bloom more I cut it back or trim it to take all berries off. It doesn't seem to matter what time of year as soon as I get old berries off it will bloom again also it seems to have the thorns sometimes and other times there is no thorns very odd about the thorns also it started putting runners off that are growing new plants it makes a excellent hedge with the runner behavior now I,m training it to go right up and down my bank (I live on canal with no seawall ... read more


On Apr 10, 2007, thistles from Tappahannock, VA wrote:

Had to bring plants back into the sunroom due to the cold spell we are just coming out of and missed the Sapphire Showers. Temperatures dropped into the 20's for the last 4 nights and today I found it apparently unscathed beside the hydrangea. Hope it doesn't object to being in the sunroom tonight.


On Jun 11, 2006, FLtropics from Pompano Beach, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

A beautiful plant that flowers Spring to Fall in my area. I could do without the thorns though when trimming it!


On Sep 29, 2005, mkjones from Aurora, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I'm going to give this guy a neutral; it's LOVELY when blooming, and is hardy in my area (planted it last spring and it came back w/lush growth). However, I'm not thrilled with its stubborness to bloom again for me! I've fed it, watered it, etc., but no luck. So disappointing; considering digging it up.


On Jun 7, 2005, barbur from Port Lavaca, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is one of my favorite plants. It produces lots of purple pendant flower clusters on the tips of new growth that contrast beautifully with it's yellow berries. Flowers have a light candy-like fragrance. It is a subtropical shrub that I have in a hanging basket. When planting in a container use a hanging basket, tall container or set container on a plant stand. Use a well-drained potting soil, and prune vigorous shoots to keep plant compact and free-flowering. Occasional fertilization will keep foliage green and keep flower production high. In subtropical climates it makes a good specimen in the landscape. Plant in open, well-drained soil in a sunny location and train by pruning. In cold climates it should be planted in a container.


On Apr 20, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have had my "Golden Dewdrop" about 10 years. I started it from a cutting. It's a large bush with spreading branches that can easily be controlled via trimming. It's a fast grower but requires a lot of space to mature and bloom. Mine are in mostly shade and do very well there. In zone 10 they bloom from April through November. There are no problems with suckers. I have a "White Sky" Alba variety growing next to it. These bushes are great to use to cover up a sore spot on your property, as long as you have room. Along with small attractive flowers both bushes produce smallish beigh/gold berries which birds seem to enjoy. Both colors are great butterfly attractors.