Tropical Flowering Shrubs

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Clerodendrum incisum 'Musical Notes'

'Musical Notes'

Musical notes is fun to grow as their tiny flower buds resemble a written musical note, and not just a single note but a whole score as the flowers bloom by the hundreds. When finally open they’ll look like clusters of tiny trumpets.
All in all it’s an amusing flower to have around. Mine is used in my flower garden and in this picture you see them spilling over the edge thus giving the effect of an informal border in a typical English flower garden.
Musical Notes is a tough plant suitable for the commercial or residential landscape. It blooms throughout the year and holds its foliage to the ground. It could be considered a tall ground cover as it is thick enough to prevent weeds from growing through the plant. The white flowers are a show and are sure to be a conversation piece.
Musical Notes provides a reliable bloom show through the year. Flowers are unlike any other bloom I have seen. Individual flowers do not last long so flower drop can be a problem if the plants are used along paving. The old flowers dry up quickly and will sift into the grass or ground cover without raking.
Musical Notes grows to the right height and spread to be used as a reliable foundation plant. Make sure you allow enough room for the spread of the plant. This shrub is pest free at the present time and does well with good draining soil and a good amount of sun.
A dark green background shrub or tree would set the light green foliage and white blooms of Musical Notes nicely. Viburnum suspensum and Podocarpus are good background plant choices. Musical Notes might overtake a ground cover planted in front of it. Musical Notes holds its foliage to the ground so a front planting would be unnecessary.
The plant originates in Tropical Eastern Asia and can live up to fifty years, maturing 3'-5' in height.
The bloom clusters can be 7"-8" across and are quite showy. Individual blooms look like a whole musical note when the flower is in bloom. Individual flowers are 4" long. There are dozens of blooms in a cluster. The plant blooms all year in cycles and the down time between flowers is short.

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Clerodendrum 'Musical Notes'

plants often spread by suckering. 'Musical Notes' does not sucker, but may layer as it is a horizontal grower. Keep plants away from paving as flower drop might cause a slip and fall accident if the flowers get wet.
Plants should be spaced 3-4 feet apart in the landscape. Plant 'Musical Notes' about ¼" above grade to allow for settling. The shrub blooms best in full sun but will also grow in part shade.
Fertilize Musical Notes in March, June and October with palm fertilizer.
No pruning is required if you allow for the full spread of the plant! However, constant edging and trimming will be needed if the plant is located by paving. 'Musical Notes' has moderate drought tolerance when established. The plant is shallow rooted so will wilt when water is needed. Mulch around new plantings helps retain water. Keep mulch 1-2 inches from stems.
This shrub likes a well drained soil. It is not overly fussy about soil quality. Alkaline soil does not affect its growth
'Musical Notes' has low salt tolerance. Keep this plant well away from salty winds. This shrub has moderate wind tolerance. The low growth habit will offer some protection against storm winds which usually damage taller plants.
Musical Notes is hardy in plant zones 10-11. It is free of pests at the moment. Other Clerodendrum species can get scale and mealy bug so stay alert for these pests. This shrub is propagated by cuttings or air layering." -J. Durkp
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