Peanut Butter Tree
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub/tree, coarse, 10-20 ft (3-6 m). Leaves simple, opposite, 10-23 cm x 5-10 cm, ovate to elliptic, tip acuminate, base wedge-shaped to truncate, margin entire (usually), dark green, soft hairy, when bruised they have the odor of peanut butter. Flowers white, appear in late summer and early fall, fragrant; showy red calyxes cover small, and ultimately, bright blue fruit.
- Sun to part shade. Best in a deep, light, well-drained soil. May freeze back in cold winters. Suckers freely.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (7)8 Native to Eastern China and Japan
- Clerodendrum: from the Greek, klero, chance, and dendron, tree (some are tree-like), alluding to the unpredictable medicinal properties of plants in this genus. trichotomum: branching into three.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of Women's Center.