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Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Son Flower)

Seven Son Flower, Seven Son Flower Tree, Seven Son Flower of Zhejiang

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Heptacodium Miconioides, Seven Son Flower, Seven Son Flower Tree,  Seven Son Flower of Zhejiang, Flowering shrub, pink flowers, white flowers

Native to China, Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Son Flower) is a unique plant with year-round interest. This large, fountain-shaped, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub features clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers at the branch tips over a long bloom season from late summer to early fall. The blooms appear in whorls, each containing seven small flowers (hence the common name of Seven-Son Flower). They are a great source of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds in the fall and are followed by even showier crops of purplish-red fruits crowned by eye-catching rose calyces, which last into late fall. The large, heart-shaped leaves are shiny green and deeply veined. Heptacodium miconioides remains attractive in winter when strips of pale bark peel away to reveal dark brown inner bark.

Increasingly popular as an ornamental shrub, Heptacodium miconioides is one of the most beautiful flowering shrubs and is well-displayed as an ornamental in many gardens.

  • Grows up to 15-20 ft. tall (450-600 cm) and 8-10 ft. wide (240-300 cm)
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society, the GreatPlants award of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, and the Cary Award, which recognizes plants that are particularly adequate for New England, offer superior landscape appeal, are winter hardy, and pest resistant.
  • A full sun or light shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisturewell-drained soils. Tolerates a wide range of soils.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borderscottage gardens, coastal gardenswoodlands, or naturalized areas. May be trained as a single-trunk tree
  •  No serious insect or disease problems

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Caprifoliaceae
Common names Seven Son Flower, Seven Son Flower Tree
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Spread 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spacing 96" - 120"
(240cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Caprifoliaceae
Common names Seven Son Flower, Seven Son Flower Tree
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Spread 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spacing 96" - 120"
(240cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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