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Clerodendrum trichotomum, Harlequin Glory, Clerodendron

Clerodendrum trichotomum

Harlequin Glory, Clerodendron
Family: Lamiaceae    (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: eastern China and Japan
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrantDeciduous plantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Bushy shrub or small tree with large dark green leaves (bronze when young) to 8" and white fragrant flowers. Leaves, when crushed emit a "peanut butter" fragrance. Blooms in late summer and early fall, showy red calyxes cover small, and ultimately, bright blue fruit. Word Clerodendrum: from the Greek, klero, chance, and dendron, tree (some are tree-like), alluding to the unpredictable medicinal properties of plants in this genus. Trichotomum: branching into three. The real beauty is in the seeds which are blue and coated in a red tissue. Hardy to USDA Zone (7)8, this bush can tolerate some frost. The fruits are turning blue when mature.

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