Clerodendrum trichotomum 'PURPLE BLAZE'

Clerodendrum trichotomum
Clerodendrum trichotomum 'PURPLE BLAZE'
glorybower, bagflower
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 2-3.5m
USUAL WIDTH 2-4m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME August - September
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Rarities
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Glorybower is a small tree or a large shrub from China and Japan. Unlike most of its relatives from tropical and subtropical regions this glorybower is hardy in mild parts of continental climate. It is cultivated as a highly ornamental plant that is quite rare in Europe. It makes large, up to 20 cm long, obovate leaves with a long tip. They are deep green in rich soils of slightly lower (acidic) pH, deciduous, and do not make a significant colour change in autumn.

Purple Blaze is a variety with burgundy red hues on emerging foliage. It is supposed to be one of the hardiest that has withstand -24°C. Also, it begins blooming one or two weeks earlier in continental climate – already in the last decade of August terminal cymes composed of creamy white, very fragrant, salverform flowers appear, and are followed by dark blue fruit in bright pink calyxes.

Glorybower grows moderately or fast when young, slowing down when it reaches about 1.5-2m height in order to thicken the canopy which is horizontally ovate, very dense and beautiful. Mature plant have an almost flat canopy like those on silk trees. This tree resembles catalpa (Indian bean tree) but is much smaller and will fit a small front yard. Grow it in humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun, protected from harsh, cutting winds in winter. Hardy to about -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Last update 03-02-2014
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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