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Clerodendrum bungei

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A native to China, Clerodendrum bungei is still a UK rarity, but is one of the finest, most reliable late flowering shrubs, with huge corymbs (flat topped clusters) of rose-red, fragrant flowers from August till late October.

The plant has large, deep green leaves with a faint fragrance some find very pleasant, like peanut butter, while others smell drains. A handsome, colourful garden plant!

Supplied Size: 3L container (30-40cm tall)

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Clerodendrum bungei | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Clerodendrum bungei | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or shade.
Soil: Any fertile soils.
Hardiness: Hardy. Important: Clerodendrum bungei is a semi-herbaceous shrub, in mild winters the top section of the plant will survive and in cold winters it will die back to the ground and grow from the base in the following spring.
Flowering Period: August - October.
Flower Colour: Reddish-pink
Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
Habit: A medium sized shrub, this will sucker over time. If the suckers are not removed, Clerodendrum bungei will grow to form a large clump.
Height: up to 2.5m (8 ft)
Spread: 3m (10 ft)
Notes: We have a specimen of Clerodendrum bungei, planted in the woodland garden surrounding our nursery. It is 10 years old and has suckered to form a thicket (3m diameter) of single stems, each around 2m tall.

Plant Finder: about Clerodendrum bungei

Common names

Glory flower


Clerodendrum bungei (Glory flower). An upright bushy deciduous suckering shrub native to China and the Himalayas. Leaves are heart-shaped and medium green, smelling rather unpleasant when crushed. The salverform flowers are borne in terminal panicles in shades of red, purple and pink and are pleasantly scented. It will reach 6 ft (1.8 m) unless cut to the ground each spring; new growths will then flower on 3 ft (1 m) stems. It will spread rapidly if not contained or controlled.


Thin out crowded growth in spring. Stems require support. They are fully hardy to frost tender, min 5C and will need humus-rich, well drained soil. Give them a position in full sun with partial shade in the summer. Make sure you water them freely in the growing season, and less at other times.

Interest and use

Summer interest.

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  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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