The plant itself is a large shrub, forming bushes with several stems 5-10 feet tall that can reach up to 15 feet in warm climates. The plant loves full sun and semi-shade, but growth and flowering decrease in deep shade. The plant thrives in well-draining soil and requires regular watering during the growing season.
Pleuropetalum darwinii can be grown in USDA zones 9-11, although it may suffer from cold damage in areas with temperatures below freezing. For growing in colder regions, Pleuropetalum darwinii may be grown in a pot and moved indoors or in a greenhouse during winter. In these cases, the plant should be given lots of light and humidity. The plant should also be watered regularly and fertilized periodically to ensure that it continues to flower and produce the desired fruits.