How do I grow the bridal veil bush that flowers in the fall?
Bridal veil (Clerodendrum wallichii) is a show-stopper in our gardens during autumn and winter, usually beginning to flower around Halloween and continuing into early January. It is a shrub that can grow 7- to-8 feet high and 5-feet wide, with glossy evergreen foliage that serves as a backdrop for long hanging panicles of elegant white flowers which bounce and sway in the slightest breeze. Upon close examination, you can see a touch of soft coral pink coloration in the floral calyx. To some, they give the impression of strings of butterflies. Alas, no fragrance, but we can overlook that!
Although it is tropical in its origin, coming from India and Nepal, for us it is a half-hardy shrub that does not burn unless temperatures fall into the mid-twenties. Even then, it will reliably sprout back from the roots and achieve its full size within the next growing season.
This plant likes light shade, particularly in late afternoon. Keep it evenly moist without letting it completely dry out, and give it a nice, rich loamy soil.
ertilize in early spring. Unlike most of its cousins, this clerodendrum does not rampantly sucker, which is a big plus. This is a very easy to grow and extremely beautiful plant that never fails to enchant everyone who sees it.