This weeks Shrub is the “Gold Mound” Duranta. This is a very common shrub found in many landscapes. When properly maintained, they will have a very bright vibrant color to them, which is why they are a great accent shrub for any home.
Gold Mounds prefer full sun, to partial shade. The more sun they get the better because they will have more of a green color in areas of shade. Many people will use them as a hedge, but this can be too distracting and take attention away from more important things, such as your beautiful home. I recommend using it more as an accent piece to attract attention to certain points in the landscape. I think they look best when matched with darker plants such as the Loropetalums, since they have such a big contrast from each other. Place them 2-3 feet from each other when planting to give them plenty of room to spread.
When planting Gold Mounds, make sure the are where you place them has good drainage to prevent possible root issues. Make sure to add some organic soil or peat moss to the area where you are going to plant them to make sure the soil has plenty of nutrients. As with all shrubs, make sure when you transfer them from the pot to the ground that you break up the roots before placing them in the ground. This will help prevent the plant from becoming pot bound, leading to its demise.
You may see your common shrub pests on Gold Mounds. Scale, Thrips, White Flys, etc. During the winter months it is susceptible to frost damage. Keep an eye out for blackened leaves, damage from the cold weather. This will eventually grow out in the spring growing season. Keep an eye out for small black spots on the leaves. This is a sign of a fungal disease called cylindrocladium. This will cause the plant to defoliate. If this happens, a fungicide treatment will be needed, and make sure to remove to fallen infected leaves to prevent it from spreading.
If you have any insect or fungal issues, I highly recommend seeking out the help of a Lawn Care Professional. They will have the products and equipment needed to take care of any of these issues for you.