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Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii

Farges harlequin glory bower

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

This Chinese shrub will become quite large, eventually developing into a small tree 6-7m (20-23ft) high after many years. It is a vigorous bushy species, spectacular from late summer onwards when its heads of pink buds open into balls of small white stars. These later develop bright blue berries, each surrounded by rich maroon star-shaped calyces. In exposed gardens hardiness might be doubtful, and small bushes should be protected with a winter mulch. Avoid damaging or bruising the foliage, which can smell unpleasant. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Verbenaceae

Genus: Clerodendrum

Species: trichotomum

Cultivar: var. fargesii

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May


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