Glory Bower

Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clerodendrum (kler-oh-DEN-drum) (Info)
Species: trichotomum var. fargesii
Synonym:Clerodendron trichotomum
Synonym:Siphonanthus trichotomum



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dermott, Arkansas

San Anselmo, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Clara, California

Atlantic Beach, Florida

Molino, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Gonzales, Louisiana

Boston, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Truro, Massachusetts

Rochester, New York

Greensboro, North Carolina

Midland, North Carolina

Roaring Gap, North Carolina

Dallas, Oregon

Chapin, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Cathan, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 30, 2017, nothingfails from YAMBOL EAST THRACE,
Bulgaria (Zone 7b) wrote:

I got a 1,5m tree from England. It started flowering for me in what would be US zone 7b in South East Bulgaria in mid August. The first time I smelled its open flowers in the evening it smelled like jasmine but it was less and less intense the following times. The flowers do not open at once but one after another so the view is not that attractive nor the scent wafting. In the end the scent is more like of an overripe fruit ready to rot. Also, the tree has no drought tolerance. It needs watering every day otherwise the leaves are drooping and could burn in the scorching Southern sun. Not bad but nothing overwhelming my senses and watering would be problematic. Will see in future years how it would do with more developed roots... Have uploaded a photo of the open single flowers - not bad i... read more


On May 6, 2016, Charlesinsc from Chapin, SC wrote:

We have a tree about 8 years old. It blooms white in July and then the blooms gradually turn lavender and last a long time. Very pretty. We also have 2 new ones we are letting grow. This tree suckers and seeds a lot of places but they are not hard to just pull up or cut off. Ours is about 14 feet tall and about 12 feet wide.

Ours gets sun until about noon and does quite well here in zone 8A. Just be prepared to pull up little new ones regularly.


On Oct 12, 2015, nathanieledison from Santa Rosa, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I was always under the impression that many clerodendrums were borderline hardy in my hometown near San Francisco, but was pleasantly surprised to find a patch of these plants growing happily at the Arboretum near Boston, MA.

Fun, rewarding plants if you give them good, rich soil and enough water.


On Aug 11, 2015, Jennigma from Seattle, WA (Zone 9a) wrote:

My neighbor has one of these. It's gorgeous and smells delightful, and suckers like mad.It also releases masses of seeds which are spreading down the hill into little matts of their own. Quite impressively aggressive.

It's winning against Himalayan Blackberry, which gives me pause. The neighbor has offered me as many suckers as I would care to dig, but I'm a bit cautious about spreading it.


On Mar 9, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

An attractive suckering shrub grown mainly for its long late summer-early fall flowering and fruiting.

Flowering begins in August here (Boston Z6a) and continues into the fall. The scent is sweet and (to my nose) a little heavy, and strong enough to perfume the air. Many compare it to jasmine.

The turquoise-colored fruit begins while flowers are still being produced. The fruit is set off by maroon calyces, which extend the display for many weeks more.

Though the plant is fairly shade tolerant, flowering is best in full sun.

It's very late to leaf out in the spring. If you're tempted to think it's dead, give it time. It tolerates hard pruning in spring. It blooms on new wood.

This shrub spreads slowly by suckering, ... read more