Clerodendrum quadriloculare (Winter Starburst) is a native to the Philippines and is prized for its magnificent beauty. It grows to a height of between five to ten feet when in the form of a large shrub and up to twenty feet as a small tree. Winter Starburst is a perfect choice for those looking for a plant to create excitement and interest in their garden. It can be grown in full sun, shade, or semi-shade and require moderate water.
The beauty of Winter Starburst is truly mesmerizing. In late winter and early spring, it produces a flurry of pink to white, off-white colored flowers that burst into bloom. The explosion of blooms is truly stunning, with each flower head being 8-12 inches in diameter and made up of dozens of smaller 3-4 inch long flowers. The foliage is ornamental in shape, with a green top and strong purple underside.
Though Winter Starburst is usually grown outdoors in USDA Zones 8-10, it can also be grown in colder climates as a container or pot plant. If keeping this plant indoors, it's important to be aware of its needs and to provide it with the right conditions. The pot should be deep enough to allow for adequate root growth and should provide good drainage. The soil should remain consistently moist, so make sure not to let it get too dry. Sunlight for an indoor plant should be brightly filtered and the temperature should be kept between 60-70°F. Applying a slow-release fertilizer once a month will also help to encourage bloom and growth.