Clerodendrum trichotomum

Harlequin Glorybower
VERBENACEAE, The Verbena family

A tree that smells like peanut butter? I gave the woman my “God, I wished I worked on the other side of 82nd.” look. Do you remember the flowers? What kind of leaves did it have? How large was it? Nothing, just the peanut butter scent. I do want to help though, so I radio for the expert’s assistance. Strolling up to the info desk, “Peanut butter? Sure! You’re looking for a Clerodendrum.”

Now I know, it is that fabulous thing with the large leaves, like that of catalpa, and the clusters of funny bright pink starfish things with the metallic blue berry on them. Wow! I saw these in the fall but with every step bringing on a new wave of horticultural euphoria, didn’t have much hope of figuring out exactly what they were just then.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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