Gold Mound, Duranta Erecta Shrub
Duranta Gold Mound, Colorful Low Maintenance Border Hedge
Duranta erecta 'Gold Mound' is a popular and versatile evergreen shrub that is prized for its vibrant golden foliage. This plant is commonly used as a colorful small hedge border in gardens and landscapes, and can also be grown in containers.
Gold Mound typically grows to a height of 2-4 feet and a spread of 3-5 feet, with bright yellow-green leaves that turn a striking golden color in full sun. In summer, the plant produces clusters of small blue or purple flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators.
This shrub is fairly low-maintenance and easy to care for, thriving in well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It is drought-tolerant once established and can be pruned as needed to maintain its shape.
In addition to its ornamental value, Duranta erecta 'Gold Mound' also has several medicinal properties. The leaves and stem of this plant contain alkaloids that have been used in traditional medicine for their anti-inflammatory and antipyretic effects.
Overall, Gold Mound is an attractive and versatile plant that can add a pop of color to any garden or landscape.
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Plant Hardiness Zones and Details
|Grow Zones:||4-9 Patio / 9-11 Outdoors|
|Sun Exposure:||Thrives in Full Sun or Partial Shade|
|Foliage:||Yellow, Blooms Yellow Flowers|
|Uses:||Landscape Shrub, Border|
|Characteristics:||All year round color, LShrub|
|Soil Conditions:||Wide Range of Soils|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ|
Gold Mound’ Duranta is a small shrub known for its chartreuse to bright yellow foliage and generally grows 24in or so tall and wide, allowing it to fit in nearly any landscape. ‘Gold Mound’ has been around in the horticulture trade a long time and is a popular perennial shrub in the southern parts of Florida. It was recognized as the Florida Nursery, Growers, and Landscape Association’s (FNGLA) plant of the year in 2005.
Planting and Care
PLANTING AND CARE - Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is parallel with the ground level. Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated upright, use the excavated soil to back fill around the root ball, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. A 2-3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch is strongly recommended, it will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth.
SUN EXPOSURE - Thrives in FULL SUN or Partial Shade
WATER - Water twice a week for the first growing season, once established rain water will suffice.
FERTILIZING – No need to fertilize right away, We fertilize our plants during the production phase with slow release fertilizer which can last an additional 2-3 months supplying residual nutrients to the plant. Once fertilizing is due, you may use a fertilizer formulated for flowering plants, preferably a slow release fertilizer 180 days duration, fertilize during spring or fall base on label instructions.
INSECTS OR DESEASES - Here’s another plus, this tree is not regularly affected by pests, however in the event that scale, mealy bugs, or mites are found to affect the plant, they can be controlled by applying horticultural neem oil that can be sprayed directly onto the insects, A second and third treatment, when using oils, will be necessary. Space out the sprays at 2 weeks intervals to break up the mealybug life cycle.
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