Clerodendrum trichotomum Thunb.
Harlequin Glorybower, Peanut Butter Tree
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.
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Clerodendrum trichotomum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.
Range: Zones 7-10: