February 1, 2023
Clerodendrum trichotomum

Clerodendrum trichotomum

Clerodendrum trichotomum or also known as Harlequin Glorybower, Japanese Clethra, or Glorytree, or Peanut Butter Tree is a deciduous shrub or small tree. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is native to China, Korea, Japan, India, Philipines, and Taiwan. Clerodendrum trichotomum can grow up to 6m or 20ft in height. The leaves are ovate, hairy and when crushed are aromatic, the fragrance is similar to peanut butter.

Clerodendrum trichotomum
Clerodendrum trichotomum

Clerodendrum trichotomum flowers are fragrant and appear in the summer or autumn in long-stalked cymes or branching peduncles. The flowers are white with a green calyx that turns red when the fruits ripen. Berries start as blue and turn dark to almost black.

Plant Clerodendrum trichotomum in the sun or full shade, sheltered, in a humus-rich moist soil but well-drained. It is disease-free but watch out for spider mite and whitefly. It attracts bees. Propagate by cuttings.

Clerodendrum trichotomum
Clerodendrum trichotomum at the Potter’s Field Park in London.
Clerodendrum trichotomum
Clerodendrum trichotomum

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