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Clerodendrum trichotomum

Clerodendrum trichotomum Thunb.

 

Harlequin Glorybower, Peanut Butter Tree

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyLamiaceaeMint family
GenusClerodendrum
Speciestrichotomum

About plant names...

Harlequin Glorybower is native to Japan and China. It is naturalized in parts of North America.

Identification: These shrubs are 10-20' (3-6.1 m) high, and about the same in diameter. Sometimes this shrub is called the peanut butter shrub, because the crushed leaves smell a bit like peanut butter (other accounts say “malodorous” or “like green peas”). Leaves are opposite, heart-shaped 4-9" (10-22 cm) × 2-5" (5-12 cm), with flattened hairs beneath. White five-petaled flowers are 1-1½" (2.5-3.8 cm) in diameter, atop a red calyx, in showy, attractive clusters. Fruits are roundish, ¼-½" (8.5-12 mm) in diameter, blue, atop a brilliant red calyx which has opened into a 5-pointed, glossy star.

Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glorybower, Peanut Butter Tree)

Clerodendrum trichotomum fruits turn a metallic blue at maturity, atop the bright red calyxes. By Wendy Cutler.

Online References:

Clerodendrum trichotomum on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Clerodendrum trichotomum at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Clerodendrum trichotomum on the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M University, Texas A&M System

Clerodendrum trichotomum on eFloras

Clerodendrum trichotomum on Discover Life

Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glorybower, Peanut Butter Tree)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Clerodendrum trichotomum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glorybower, Peanut Butter Tree)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glorybower, Peanut Butter Tree)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glorybower, Peanut Butter Tree)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

Range: Zones 7-10:

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