Duguetia peruviana is an evergreen with a large shrub or small tree growing 5 to 10 feet tall and up to 20 feet wide, with a dense canopy and graceful drooping branches, providing a beautiful show of white or cream-colored blooms, and a profusion of orange-red fruits.
One of the most popular ornamental plants in Ecuador, Duguetia peruviana is a low-maintenance tree, requiring full sun to semi-shade, and regular watering. The best time to plant Duguetia is in early fall, when the temperatures are milder. Plant it in moist, well-drained soil and feed with an all-purpose, slow-release fertilizer once a year. Pruning and shaping should be done in early spring.
Duguetia peruviana is an attractive, hardy plant and is suitable for USDA zones 9-11. In cold regions, it can be grown in a pot and brought indoors over the winter months. During this period, ensure the soil stays moist, and prune occasionally to maintain a shorter form. When bringing it indoors, make sure to provide plenty of light, as Duguetia needs bright, indirect sunlight and high humidity. Once temperatures warm up in the spring, the plant can be put out again. With regular care and attention, this beautiful, versatile plant can bring beauty and life to your home or yard for years to come.