As if fragrance wasn’t enough, the brilliant blue fruit surrounded by red calyxes follow the blossoms in late summer and hold on to the branches for weeks.
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- Hardy in zones 7-10. (I’ve read that it can be treated as an herbaceous perennial and cut to the ground each winter in cold areas.)
- Grows 10-20 feet tall and wide and is most often found in shrub form.
- Native to Japan and China.
- Plant in full sun to part shade.
My Clerodendrum, which is shaped into a modest-size tree, is even more special because it was a gift from a dear, now departed, nurseryman: Norbert Kinen. A view of the tree greets me every morning from my bedroom window and the scent keeps me company even when the sun has set. I. Love. This. Tree. When our Oregon days are dark and wet, I look forward to when I’ll be able to enjoy the many gifts my Clerodendrum offers me and my garden.
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." - John Muir