Clerodendron – Glorytree – Verbenaceae
Clerodendron trichotomum fargesii (= C. fargesii) (eastern Asia)
Habit: Medium to large shrub, also small tree in favourable areas, 1.5-2.5 m tall, up to 5 m tall in wine-growing areas; 1.5-2.5 (4) m wide; with loose, open, umbrella-shaped crown when old, often with several stems, slow-growing.
Flowers: White, 3 cm long, in loose, umbel-like inflorescences with greenish-reddish perianth; from end of July, beginning of August to September; with exotic, far-reaching vanilla-like fragrance.
Fruits: Pea-size, juicy stone fruits in light blue, dark blue to black-blue hues, on fleshy, radially extended perianths, shining in a red full of contrast.
Fruits: They are unpalatable.
Leaves: Large, elliptical to cordate, pointed; crimson when shooting, later dark green; pungent when pressed; falling off after first frost without autumn colours.
Roots: Fleshy, far-reaching; tends to form runners; sensitive to work around the roots.
Demands: Full sun to shade; tolerant of heat, needs warmth, not very frost hardy, needs protection.
Soil: Moderately dry to fresh; neutral to moderately alkaline, always well drained substrates, not too nutritious as the shoots otherwise do not ripen well in autumn.
Our tip: Do not cut, only remove frost damage in late spring.
Native habitat: Occurs in warm-temperate Chinese dry forests on the sunny edges, often under Pseudolarix amabilis, and species of Pinus, Acer, Morus and Phellodendron. Also with Koelreuteria paniculata and Hibiscus or Hydrangea species that flower at the same time. The many conspicuous fruits shrubs around it – such as species of Amelanchier, Callicarpa, Cornus, Decaisnea or Ligustrum – are notable; in the herbaceous underplanting, above all Astilbe chinensis and species of Hosta, Liriope, Saxifraga and Thalictrum occur along with numerous ferns.
Hardiness: Zone 7a