Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Clerodendrum trichotomum

This gorgeous small tree flowers for several months in late summer and autumn. The flowers smell a bit like jasmine. The leaves are a deep green with purple tinge. Overall the tree gives an impression of pink when it it flowering, because even though the flowers are white, the bracts are pink. I got given a seedling a few years ago, and that young tree is now producing it's own babies. I plan to mass plant them in an area of the garden that I do not want tall trees to hide the view. This will have my new burgundy/pink perennial planting in front of it, which should set each other off nicely! The berries are also really gorgeous - see photos below.

Berries appear in late May. Really distinctive colours!

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