Clerodendrum quadriloculare (Blanco) Merr.

Winter Starburst, Shooting Star



Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Clerodendrum

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 9 to 11

Size: To 10 to 15' tall and wide in ground, 4' in containers

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Winter In


Only hardy in the warmest zones, needs to be brought inside before first frost. Will lose leaves but come back in zone 9. When planted out can sucker aggressively. Blooms in winter, large pink flower clusters to 10" across. Leaves are dark green above and purple-maroon below. Worth growing for the foliage alone in my opinion. Likes moist, well-drained soil. Elongates in too much shade.


First published in Publ. Bur. Sci. Gov. Lab. 35: 63 in 1906.

Native to New Guinea and the Philippines.

Basionym is Ligustrum quadriloculare Blanco.


My Experience: 

I was given a rooted cutting by a friend in October 2011. I potted it up and put it in the conservatory for the winter.

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