Clerodendrum is a shrub with abundant foliage and flowers.
Key Clerodendron facts
Family: Lamiaceae (old: Verbenaceae)
Height: 6 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters)
Exposure: full sun
Soil: rather rich – Foliage: deciduous – Flowering: summer → early fall
Proper planting, care and pruning will facilitate growth and solve small problems while growing.
Plant preferably in spring but also in fall before the first frost spells.
- Clerodendron loves rather sunny locations, though part shade is also fine.
- It prefers to be sheltered from strong winds.
- Follow our advice on planting shrubs
Clerodendron is hardy down to -5°F or -15°C, depending on the variety.
Clerodendrum in pot
It’s possible to grow clerodendrum in a pot, especially if you intend to keep it from freezing in winter.
- Select a rather large pot with a drainage hole at the bottom
- Fill it up with soil mix for shrubs or flowers
- Water regularly, as soon as the soil is dry at the surface
Preparing cuttings in summer works very well for clerodendron.
- Propagation is through cuttings in summer.
Regular watering is recommended, especially in case of heat waves.
Adding fertilizer in spring will have a great impact on blooming and growth.
How to prune Clerodendrum?
At the end of winter, you can balance out and slightly reduce the branches.
- This shrub has a round bearing that your pruning should help maintain.
- Remove dead and damaged branches.
Learn more about clerodendron
You’ll easily keep it growing inside your home or apartment.
In winter, find a place for it where the temperature hovers around 50 to 60°F (10 to 15°C).
Native to China, Clerodendron will be most at ease in places where the winter season isn’t too harsh.
Both ornamental and easy to care for, it offers a beautiful blooming during the summer, and produces cute little green or black berries in fall.
This shrub grows very fast and can be planted in a hedge, a shrub bed, or a pot on a balcony, deck or terrace.
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Smart tip about Clerodendrum
Outdoors, mulching is recommended, both in summer to keep moisture in, and in winter to protect the roots from the cold.