The foliage and white blooms of a harlequin glorybower

For today's containers, the small deciduous tree Clerodendrum trichotomum, more commonly known as the Harlequin Glorybower, has real impact! And right now the weather is perfect for planting.

Both flower and fruit are exceptionally beautiful. The dark green leaves are oval, five inches long and covered with a soft fuzz. In the full sun of late summer, the tree bears beautiful clusters of white, tubular flowers offering late summer and early fall interest to your garden.

Did you know?

If you crush the leaves, the Cleodendrum smells like peanut butter, so some people call it the Peanut Butter Tree!

But there is even more than bloom and fragrance to this small tree since in late summer there are stunning fruits. Both flowers and fruits can be found on the plant at the same time.

Harlequin Glorybower prefers full sun and moist well drained soil. It grows 15 to 20 feet tall, so is perfect size for today’s smaller gardens and ideal for containers.

Grace your porch with this beauty, and have everyone on the block wondering what she is!