Clerodendrum trichotomum Thunb.

Locations ofClerodendrum trichotomum Thunb. in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Clerodendrum trichotomum Thunb.
Common Name
Harlequin Glory-Bower, Peanut Butter Tree
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Not in Flora of Virginia
This Asiatic species has been reported recently as an adventive from several widely scattered Virginia localities. It is a large shrub or small tree reaching 6 or 7 m in height and suckering freely from creeping rootstocks. Although not widely recognized as an invasive species, there are a number of anecdotal accounts on the internet of the species' invasive tendencies. According to BONAP, it has been documented as an escape in ALA, FLA, GA, LA, NC, NY, and PA. Weakley's Flora (2015) treats plants of the Southeast as var. ferrugineum Nakai and says they are "strongly naturalized." It remains to be seen whether this tree will become more widely and clearly established in our area.
Escaped into urban forests and around old home sites. Currently known from Campbell, Hanover, and James City counties.
Native Status

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