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Starburst Bush - Clerodendrum quadriloculare

Go to - Landscape Trees
Landscape Shrubs

Family - Verbenaceae

Common names for this fast growing shrub include Shooting star, Starburst, Firecracker bush and Winter starburst.

Blooming in late winter, the Starburst bush produces pink to white flowers in rounded clusters that can be up to 12 inches across. In addition to winter flowering this plant is notable for its foliage, the 6 inch leaves are medium to dark purplish-green on top, purple on the bottom and present a striking color contrast in the landscape.

U.S.D.A. zones 9-11. Protect from freezing. The Starburst bush needs full sun for best flowering, although it will bloom in partial shade the flowers will not be as numerous and the bloom period will not last as long. The plant also gets "leggy" in the shade as the branches spread out trying to find more sunlight.

Starburst bush needs plenty of water to get established and prefers moist, rich soil, once established it has a medium amount of drought tolerance and requires minimal pruning to shape as desired. Not salt tolerant.

Starburst bush, like other Clerodendrum species tends to be invasive, producing "suckers"  from the roots so it's a good idea to plant it in a location where these can be reached and removed. Makes a good container plant for the porch, deck or patio.

Easily propagated from cuttings.

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