|A champion amongst us|
It is a beautiful tree, with a branching, three tiered structural habit. It is flowering at the moment, filling the garden with a delicious aroma of jasmine-crossed-with-lemon blossoms. The flowers themselves are tiny and borne in clusters around the richly green, ovate leaves. Each flower consists of a long tube which divides out into five, almost star-like petals arising from a pink blushed, pale green calyx made up of five sepals.
|A honey bee visits a flower leaving behind a parcel of pollen|
In autumn 2013 a team from Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum travelled to Japan on a seed collection trip. One of the plants collected was Clerodendrum trichotomum. To find out more about the Japan project take a look at our previous posts.
|Autumn fruits of Clerodendrum trichotomum in the wild|