One of the funkiest shrubs I've ever seen is the Harlequin glorybower (Clerodendrum trichotomum). In the summer, it produces clusters of white flowers. However, the real show comes from the fruit. It's a great choice for fall color since it forms brilliant blue berries surrounded by red calyxes late in the summer.
The Harlequin glorybower is a large shrub (sometimes a small tree) that grows 10-15' tall and wide. The best zones for this shrub are USDA Zones 7-9. Some say the leaves smell like peanut butter if they are crushed, earning it the common name of peanut butter shrub. Another common name is Japanese Clerodendrum.
Have you seen the Harlequin glorybower in your area? Have you grown this shrub?
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