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Clerodendrum trichotomum

Harlequin Glorybower
Zone: 10a, 10b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Sun
Height: Minimum 10 feet , Maximum 15 feet
Width: Minimum 10 feet , Maximum 15 feet
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This deciduous shrub or small tree is native to Japan. The soft, fuzzy and slightly heart-shaped 5" leaves are a dark green. In late summer, fragrant white tubular flowers are almost twice as long as the showy scarlet calyx on the back of the flower. The scarlet calyx lasts and lasts after the flower falls, until the pleasing blue-green metallic looking fruit is formed, making a most interesting contrast. In cold climates it may freeze to the ground but will come back each year like a perennial. Will grow to be a 10' shrub or can be trained as a small tree. Can be slow to fruit and flower depending on the growing conditions. An unusual and rarely seen plant!
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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:23 PM

A perfectly good street tree for Portland, though seldom used, with sweet smelling, white flowers in large summer, perfuming the neighborhood especially at night. Turquoise berries framed by crimson bracts add to fall fun. Foliage is aromatic as well -- think peanut butter. To 10 ft tall or so in full sun for best flowers and fruits and water occasionally in summer. Planting in reach of a lawn mower eliminates pesky suckers. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 7.

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:23 PM

Harlequin Glory Bower is an attention grabber. Covered with very fragrant white flowers in the summer, its fall display is even better: electric blue berries are held in a plastic (looking) pink calyces. The tree rarely gets more than 15' and is often as wide as it is tall. zone 6

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:23 PM

In fall this large shrub produces white flowers "that fill the air with emanations of lily ; nicotiana" (H.VanPelt) and are followed by bright blue berries in showy maroon calyces. Sun/Med

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:23 PM

Lily scented white summer flowers perfume warm evenings on this 10-12' deciduous shrub. Metallic pearl like fruit. Breaks dormancy very late in spring.

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