Peanut Butter Shrub (Clerodendrum trichotomum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 10 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 20 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: When bruised, leaves emit a fragrance of peanut butter
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Fall
Other: Small, bright blue fruit surrounded by magenta calyxes
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Fruit is poisonous
Other: Handling plant may cause contact dermatitis in some individuals
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Some suckering
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers

took several years to get established before blooming

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Posted by Chantell (Middle of Virginia - Zone 7a) on Apr 29, 2016 11:11 AM

Absolutely adore this shrub (more like a tree, though, size-wise). Its wafting lily-like scent fills the yard from July through Sept...sometimes early October. The hummingbirds and butterflies love the blooms. It does send up some suckers, but they're easy to recognize and can be pulled up with minimum effort if done so when young.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Aug 14, 2017 5:56 AM

My shrub is about five years old now, and loaded with flowers. It does have a wonderful fragrance, bloom lasts a number of weeks. I've seen multiple Humming birds around it many evenings, butterflies as well. The form (so far) is wide and spreading, so give it room. This year I have a ton of seedlings underneath. it may be best to keep it mulched and only have spring bulbs underneath, so you can easily keep up with seedlings and suckers. After flowers it has beautiful purple and pink berry clusters. Leaves emerge late in spring, don't panic when it is bare as many other things leaf out.

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Chantell On April 24, 2009 Obtained plant
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