Lovely long, white, tubular flowers and colorful red and blue seeds makes the starfish clerodendrum among the most beautiful large shrubs in the tropical garden. A fast growing, and relatively short-lived shrub, it is native to the island of Sulawesi (Celebes) in Indonesia. Its leaves are smooth, glossy and handsomely green with deep veins. In late spring, the branch tips fill with clusters of pinkish, pleated flowerbuds that are very pretty, and soon thereafter the long, white flower tubes emerge...
(Shooting Star, Starburst Clerodendrum)
This is one of the tropic's most beautiful flowering shrubs. Large, dark-green and burgundy leaves are the backdrop for firework-resembling, pink and white flower clusters in late winter and early spring. A large, frost-tender shrub from the Philippines, shooting star is typically evergreen but will lose foliage if the dry season is exceptionally cool or dry. The leaves can grow quite long, being oval to oblong in shape, a dull, dark green above with a glossy, purple to burgundy underside.
(Variegated Shooting Star)
Large cream, dark-green and burgundy variegated leaves are the backdrop for fireworks-like, pink and white flower clusters in late winter and early spring. A large, frost-tender shrub from the Philippines, 'Brandonii' was selected by Mark Herndon of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1995. It is typically evergreen but will lose foliage if the dry season is exceptionally cool or dry. The leaves can grow quite long, being oval to oblong in shape. They are dark green with patches of pale green and cream above...
Fragrant white flowers followed by blue berries and starry red calyces make this large suckering deciduous shrub a highlight of the summer garden. One of the hardiest glorybowers, it is native to eastern Asia.
The large oval to triangular leaves are papery and often fuzzy. Crushed leaves smell like peanut butter. Large, loose clusters of fused, inflated, green or pink calyces appear atop and along the stems in mid to late summer, opening to release vanilla-scented white flowers. The five-lobed...
(Blue Butterfly Bush, Glorybower)
The unusual, colorful flowers of blue butterfly bush make this a highly sought after garden plant for temperate and tropical gardens alike. This rangy, frost-tender, evergreen shrub is native to tropical East Africa. Often listed as a vine, it has a weak, upright habit and sometimes requires support, though it is far too rangy or bushy to be considered a true vine.
Large, coarsely toothed, elliptical leaves of medium green line the square stems in opposite arrangement. The flowers are borne...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Coastal Sweetpepperbush, White Summersweet)
Prized for its handsome foliage, compact upright habit, and fuzzy spikes of fragrant flowers, this suckering deciduous shrub is native to the eastern United States from Maine to Florida. Appearing in midsummer, the spicy-scented white or pink flowers attract butterflies and bees. Peppercorn-like seedheads follow the flowers, providing winter interest. The leaves turn butter-yellow in fall. Several cultivars are widely available, including pink-flowered and dwarf selections such as 'Compacta', 'Hummingbird',...