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Duranta repens - Pigeon Berry Tree

Duranta repens - Pigeon Berry Tree (Duranta repens)

Another of the pigeon berry shrub in bloom with berries. Pic taken today.

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Why Pigeon Berry?
Do the pigeons eat the berries?

7 Oct, 2008


I think it's because pigeons and other birds eat the berries.

9 Oct, 2008


A very common plant here and in Darwin, often used for screening ( hedging ). They respond well to heavy pruning and if that one was my bush, I'd have the secateurs out at once, snipping the ones off the bottom, which are dragging over the ground. I'd make it go up and give it a good prune in all directions, lol. Mind you, they are toxic when you cut your finger on one of those nasty spikes! I had a swollen finger for weeks and had to soak it in hot salty water several times a day. It was not just an infection, but an allergic reaction. I was really handicapped as I could't close the hand anymore, which is a real pain for a gardener. Nice picture, and it looks so familiar, so funny in the other side of the world to see the same plants.

12 Oct, 2008



I will have to remember your bad experience if I ever plant this shrub/tree. It sounds like it was a nightmare.

I've heard they can become invasive...the birds eat the seeds and the seeds germinate through their droppings, like many other plants and trees. This plant is common as a shrub...however, the variegated Duranta tree I posted is the largest I have ever seen in California. Do they grow this large (over 10 meters) in Australia? I know in Florida where they are native they grow large.

12 Oct, 2008

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