Clerodendrum paniculatum (Pagoda Flower) is an interesting and eye-catching large shrub native to India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. It grows best in full sun to semi-shade and needs regular water to look its best. The showy blooms are what make it so special, they are white, off-white, red, crimson, and vinous as well as yellow and orange in color. The flowers are funnel-shaped with long tubes and sit in pyramid-shaped clusters. The impressive display of blooms last from summer through autumn, and in frost free climates it will sporadically bloom throughout the year.
This fast growing plant grows to 5-10 feet tall, spreading 2-3 feet across, with multiple stems and large evergreen leaves. Each leaf is 12 inches across and has a heart-shaped base. The Pagoda flower also has the added bonus of being attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
The Pagoda flower is hardy in USDA Zones 8-11 and can survive temperatures as low as 30°F for a short time. When growing in colder regions, it is best to keep the plant in a pot and move it indoors during colder months. Pagoda flower does its best when planted in a rich, slightly moisture retentive soil. With proper care, it can become a beautiful feature in any garden space.