Clerodendron Of China (Clerodendrum Trichotomum), Clergy Tree

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Clerodendron of China (Clerodendrum trichotomum), clergy tree

Here is a clerodendron with many names: clergy tree, lucky tree but also "stinking tree" in Japanese because its deciduous, opposite, oval, toothed leaves measuring 15 to 20 cm long, smell bad when crumpled.

It forms a bushy shrub with an erect, rustic habit. Its growth is fast since it becomes adult to the 5 years old bot.

In autumn, from September to November, white flowers with a red chalice, with an odor reminiscent of jasmine, bloom together in axillary cymes erect from 15 to 20 cm in diameter. They attract bees.

Then crimson berries to bright blue form and last a long time.

  • Family: Verbenaceae
  • Type: shrub
  • Origin: China, Japan
  • Color: white or pink flowers
  • Sowing: yes
  • Cutting: yes
  • Planting: spring or autumn
  • Flowering period: September to November
  • Height: 3 to 4 m

Ideal soil and exposure for Chinese clerodendron

The Chinese Clerodendron needs a rich, deep and well-drained soil, with sheltered exposure of the wind, sunny or a mild partial shade.

Date of sowing, cutting and planting of Chinese clerodendron

Seeding can be done in the spring but prefer semi-woody cuttings in summer or root cuttings in winter.

The planting is done in spring or autumn.

Care and cultivation advice of Chinese clerodendron

Straw the foot in winter. In February-March, prune intertwined branches indoors to keep a beautiful shrub frame and promote flowering.

Harvesting, conservation and use of Chinese clerodendron

The blue pigments of berries can be used as dye. In India, the Chinese clerodendron is used for its medicinal properties: the leaves are recognized as anti-inflammatory and antihistamines especially against asthma, and the stems have virtues against hypertension and intestinal parasites.

Diseases, pests and parasites of Chinese clerodendron

No pests especially known.

Location and favorable association of Chinese Clerodendron

The clerodendron of China will make a beautiful effect in free hedge or bottom of massif.

The genus clerodendrum has around 400 species, most of them tropical, including those that are fragile in the cold, but to plant in the garden, so you can opt for Clerodendrum trichotomum or clerodendron of China, knowing that Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii, more rustic, has young bronze leaves and flowers with green sepals, but there are also Clerodendrum bungei dark pink flowers very fragrant, which is more chilly (-5° C) but regrowing after having frozen...

(photo by Marc Baronnet - Personal work, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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