PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Harlequin Glorybower (Clerodendrum trichotomum)

Why is it called Glorybower? Here’s a definition of ‘bower’ –

 “A shady place. A bower is a shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or wood, such as a bower of roses. Some bowers are intentionally built to provide a place for climbing plants and vines to grow, often framing a garden entryway.”

Combine that with the glorious display of fragrant white blooms in August which turn to teal-blue berries surrounded by bright magenta starry calyces that persist into winter and you have ‘Glorybower’.

Clerodendrum trichotomum grows into a wonderful small tree perfect for an urban setting as a street tree or a feature in a small garden. It grows to about 15 feet tall with an umbrella-shaped canopy about the same width. Elegant, teardrop-shaped, matte, dark green leaves flutter on arrangements of open branches spring through autumn. When leafless, the bare branches provide an interesting texture in the landscape, zigzagging upward and outward, bending at opposite angles at every former leaf node. When clothed in foliage, the crushed fresh leaves smell like caramel and peanut butter. As the blue seeds hang on into winter, late season Robins, Jays, Flickers, and year-round Juncos visit to feast on them.

Harlequin Glorybower is unusual in the Pacific Northwest, but it shouldn’t be. It’s a rare delight and we have several available in our nursery. Tree Coupon eligible too! Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-5