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Harlequin glorybower

Clerodendrum trichotomum

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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 CharacteristicsWhen crushed, the foliage smells like unsweetened peanut butter, though it is often described as "fetid."

CareFor 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.

PropagationRemove suckers in autumn or spring. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Insert root cuttings in winter.

ProblemsCommon pests include whitefiles, mealybugs, and aphids. Galls, cankers, and a few leaf spots occur.

  • Genus : Clerodendrum
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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