Harlequin glorybower

Clerodendrum trichotomum

Photo/Illustration: 
S. Andrew Schulman
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Harlequin glorybower (Clerodendrum trichotomum)
klare-oh-DEN-drum trik-oh-TOE-mum
Genus:  Clerodendrum
This large shrub offers a late-summer display of jasmine-like white flowers encased in red tepals and scent. Bright blue berries in autumn are accented by conspicuous bright, pinkish-red calyxes.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  When crushed, the foliage smells like unsweetened peanut butter, thought it is often described as "fetid."
Care:  For best bloom and berries, plant in full sun in rich, well-drained, loamy soil. Site plants in areas that receive frequent mowing as they tend to sucker. Reputedly hardy to Zone 6, but there may be some winter dieback north of Zone 7. Can be treated as an herbaceous perennial and cut to the ground each winter in cold areas.
Propagation:  Remove suckers in autumn or spring. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Insert root cuttings in winter.
Problems:  Common pests include whitefiles, mealybugs, and aphids. Galls, cankers, and a few leaf spots occur.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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