Shooting Star (Clerodendrum quadriloculare)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 10 - 15 feet
Plant Spread: 8 - 10 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Stolons and runners
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Nov 25, 2011 9:27 PM

This is a lovely plant with beautiful leaf coloring of deep green above & burgundy below & the leaf texture adds to it's beauty, not to mention the pretty blooms.
Once established it will put out numerous, fast growing underground suckers. They grow almost overnight & are difficult to dig up. They will travel long distances. I planted this once & ended up deeply regretting it. The suckers were showing up 30' away from the mother plant. They were also able to travel down 3' then horizontally 2 1/2 feet then up on the other side of a footer for a cinder block wall. I have seen them travel underneath sidewalks to pop up on the other side.
It is my opinion this plant should be considered invasive & avoided at all costs.

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Posted by dyzzypyxxy (Sarasota, Fl) on Aug 27, 2014 2:23 PM

Strongly agree with the Caution! on planting this - it sure does send out those suckers a long way. Mine are planted within the root zone of my large Live Oak trees, so they have a much harder time spreading. In a less established landscape, or with less competition, the suckers could be a real menace.

It is truly a lovely shrub, both foliage and flowers are very attractivem but another reason to be cautious is that the bloom time here is mid-winter -- January, in fact. In the five years I have had mine, only two of those years were warm enough for the plant to bloom. So, I would say that unless you live in zone 10 or above, do not expect to see blooms regularly.

Mine also drop all their leaves if the weather stays cold - around 40 degrees or less - for more than a night or two. I had planted a row of them as a screen, so this ended badly for 3 years running. If they do drop their leaves, I then take the opportunity to prune them back drastically, so that they will go back to a more shrubby shape the next year. I think if they kept their leaves more than one winter, I would end up with a row of small trees (and many suckers) instead of large screening shrubs. I have now inter-planted them with variegated Ti, so at least there is something with leaves through the winter.

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