The leaves are large, heart shaped and have a distinctive smell - variously described as acrid, potato scented or revolting!
The flowers on the other hand are sweetly scented and it for these that the shrub is usually grown in gardens. The flowers are white with red calyces and are followed by striking blue berries which contrast with the calyces which remain until the fruit are shed.
Clerodendrum needs a fairly sheltered and sunny situation and benefits from a peaty soil. It does usually produce a lot of suckers and can be propagated from these.
|Clerodenrdum trichotomum in Belfast Botanic Gardens||Clerodendrum trichotomum leaves|
|Flowering branches of Clerodendrum trichotomum||Flowers of Clerodendrum trichotomum|
Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2016. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.
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