Native to China and Japan, Clerodendrum philippinum (Chinese Glory Bower) is an attractive large shrub that can reach heights of 5-10 ft tall. It thrives in sunny and semi-shaded spots, with regular waterings to support its growth. The shrub's flowers are a sight to behold as they are intricately pink, white, or off-white in color, and have a sweet fragrance that will attract both hummingbirds and butterflies.
In terms of growing conditions, this plant prefers to be grown in USDA Zone 9-11. If a colder climate is present, it should be grown in a pot to provide it adequate protection. It is quite cold hardy and can withstand temperatures in the 30s F for a short period of time.
When planting Clerodendrum philippinum, care must be taken as it spreads rapidly across the ground as it sends out underground shoots so as to propagate itself. With such a charming appearance and strong appeal, it is essential to keep the plant under proper control by regularly trimming and pruning it. During cold winter seasons, it must be protected with a thick layer of mulch. Additionally, fertilizing with a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season is also recommended for better growth.
With appropriate care and maintenance, it is easy to create an inviting and colorful landscape with Clerodendrum philippinum. It is an ideal shrub for gardeners who are looking to add a striking yet low-maintenance flowering plant to their garden.