Clerodendrum Bungei - Glory Flower
Clerodendrum Bungei, Glory Flower
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Clerodendrum Bungei, commonly known as Glory Flower, is a deciduous shrub with large, pungent leaves and sweetly scented pink flowers. It originates from China and North India, but was introduced to the UK in the Victorian 1850s. This deciduous shrub is fairly unusual as not every gardener is keen on the leaf scent, however the leaves are extremely attractive because they are oval to heart-shaped, dark green and large at 20cms in length. Early in the season they turn a light shade of purple before maturing into dark glossy green. Rose-pink flowers appear during late summer to autumn in panicles with longer stamens in the centre. Often these will turn into small berries that are loved by birds. The flowers hold a sweet scent, and because they are so densely packed this scent can be identified at some distance. Glory Flower will reach a maximum height of 1.5-2 metres and spread over the same distance within 5-10 years. It is very reliable, growing back stronger and more vibrant each year.
How Hardy is Clerodendrum Bungei?
Glory Flower is hardy throughout the UK, but it may struggle in the colder central and north areas. The foliage may suffer some damage from cold drying winds in these places, so it’s best to plant it in a sheltered spot in these locations.
How To Use Clerodendrum Bungei
This is a good shrub to have in the border because it flowers in autumn when others are beginning to fade. It provides nectar for late foraging pollinators, and brightens the garden with a soft pink shade. Clerodendrum Bungei pairs well with bright fuchsias in borders of informal wildlife gardens.
How To Care For Clerodendrum Bungei
Clerodendrum Bungei grows best in fertile, rich soils that are well drained. It likes full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. A sheltered position encourages flower growth but it’s not fussy about soil Ph.
You don’t have to prune this tough shrub, if left alone it will produce suckers that form a large thick bush, but if you want to restrict its size cut lengths back before flowering each spring. A good thick layer of mulch every year will encourage larger leaves and more prolific flowering.
Late flowers and reliable growth makes Glory Flower one of the more unusual choices, but it still boasts an easy-to-care-for habit. Novices and experienced gardeners will enjoy the freely flowering autumn colours and unusual scent of Clerodendrum Bungei.
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