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Clerodendrum trichotomum fargesii  AGM

Clerodendrum trichotomum fargesii AGM

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Flowering Month:
Summer
Flower Colour:
White
Hardiness:
To -15 °C
Height After 10 Years:
125-150cm
Scent:
Scented
Interesting Foliage:
Yes
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(H5)  A deciduous large shrub or small tree, with young purple leaves that turn green with age; fragrant flowers are produced from midsummer to autumn, with berries that are bright blue at first, turning black contrasting with red calyces.

Flowering from July-October the fragrant white clustered blooms contrast against the dark green foliage. In autumn it becomes festooned with unusual berries which last well into November.

An exciting plant native to Western China, Clerodendrum trichotomum var fargesii has fragrant white flowers in late summer, followed by outstanding, metallic-blue berries in autumn. These berries are enclosed by colourful, eye-catching, maroon calyces (sepals of a flower).

Clerodendrum trichotomum var fargesii is a sensational, late flowering small tree with very ornamental fruit.

Notes: The fruit can be toxic and should not be eaten.

The Basics

Ideal soil

Acidic soil, good organic content, pH 4.5-6.0. Inkarho range of rhododendrons will tolerate soils up to pH7.5

Sun or Shade

Light dappled shade is best for most varieties.

Shelter

Refer to hardiness rating. Give young plants protection.

Site Selection

Avoid close to trees, roots, invasive weeds, walls, hot patios, dry banks and waterlogged soils. Do not use weed matting or stone mulch

Plant spacing

Use the height shown in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Allow room for plant to fill out. If planting closer for instant impact, be prepared to move plants after a few years.

Compost

  • 3 litre pot, dig in 10-20 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 7.5 litre pot, dig in 20-30 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 70-80cm specimen, dig in 60 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 100-120cm specimen, dig in 120 litres of ericaceous compost.

Planting depth

Plant high in the ground, with the top of the rootball visible.

Feeding

Slow-release ericaceous feed recommended in March and straight after flowering.

Mulch

Recommended every few years.

Water

The key ingredient! Keep moist all season, especially the critical time at end of June for flower bud initiation. Tap water is better than no water. Heavy dose at least once per week in dry weather.

Drainage

Ensure good drainage in winter, especially with yellow varieties. Avoid waterlogged sites.

Pruning

Not normally required. Tidy wayward shoots after flowering. Evergreen azaleas and Bloombux can be clipped into a low hedge.

Deadheading

Remove old flower-heads, particularly on young or weak plants.


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