Clerodendrum quadriloculare

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Clerodendrum quadriloculare more commomly called "Starburst". The upper leaf surface is green, bottom is purple-ish. This time of year it blooms vigorously. Flowers are short lived but produces them profusely. :)

    I prefer these planted just like a Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia), in someone elses garden. Nice to look at but not in mine. Some even consider this a bit of a nuisance plant as it tends to sucker often. :confused:

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  3. Dypsisdean

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    Nice tree - don't think I have seen it before.
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    A weed even here in central Florida.
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    I did see it before at the nursery a couple of weeks ago and thought it was nice. I'm glad now I didn't buy it.
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    I have a nice variegated form of this...doesn't sucker so profusely. The regular form I've been trying to get rid of for 2 years!
  7. Moose

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    Andy - Its profuse in Florida. I can only imagine how established it can become in Hawaii. Perhaps repeated treatment of the leaves with round-up would help. :confused:
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    I bought one mail order. Do they bloom in summer also? Being that my summer is about as warm as a Florida winter it can do funny thing to a plants cycle.
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    Stan - I'm not sure. They began blooming in Winter here and many still have their blooms. We did have a very mild Winter. Looking at my older posts, looks like this is a Winter Blooming plant here.
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  10. Stan

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    That's going to be problematic here. Thanks.
  11. Moose

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    Stan - not sure if temperature or the reduced daylight hours induce the flowering. I can only draw on the South Florida experience. They are grown in the more northerly areas of Florida. Not sure what cold tolerance is either. I suspect they don't enjoy frost, like many plants. If heavily mulched, I believe they would re-emerge from the roots if burn't to the ground by a heavy freeze. They are pretty tough survivors and with their fast growth rate, produce a nice looking plant during your growing season.

    The old saying "you got to break a few eggs to bake a cake" may apply here.
  12. I planted these in the frost hole of my back yard figuring they'd be annuals. The flowers are nice, but i really wanted the dark foliage. Now I wonder if I've planted an invasive with pretty leaves and flowers.

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