Duranta erecta 'Sapphire Showers'
Duranta erecta 'Sapphire Showers' (Picotee Sky Flower) - Grown for its summer flowers and ornamental fruit, this selection may prove more compact than the species, growing from 15-25 ft. tall X 8-12 ft. wide. In late spring and summer, cascading clusters of 3/4 inch wide tubular flowers are an intense violet-blue with a white picotee edge along the flared petal tips. Flowers are followed by wonderfully contrasting orange-yellow berries. In mild climates this plant can be in flower nearly year round with flowers and fruit appearing at the same time. 'Sapphire Showers'lacks the long spines that are occasionally found arising from the leaf axils on typical Duranta erecta plants. It does best in full sun with frequent deep watering and is hardy to about 20-25 ° F. A good choice for espaliers, as a small tree or large bush; benefits from frequent selective pruning. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies.
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