Clerodendrum trichotomum Thunb.
Harlequin glorybower, peanut butter tree
Harlequin Glorybower is native to Japan and China. It has become naturalized in parts of North America. 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”—a rather surprising range of opinions).
Plants: Shrubs are 10-20' (3-6.1 m) high, and about the same in diameter.
Leaves: Opposite, heart-shaped 4-9" (10-22 cm) × 2-5" (5-12 cm), with flattened hairs beneath.
Flowers: White five-petaled flowers are 1-1½" (2.5-3.8 cm) in diameter, atop a red calyx, in showy, attractive clusters.
Fruits: 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 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
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Clerodendrum trichotomum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 Sep 2020.
Range: Zones 7-10: