Heptacodium miconioides
Common Name: seven-son flower
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Native Range: China
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Spread: 8.00 to 10.00 feet
Bloom Time: September
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Flowering Tree
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest

Culture

Grows in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates wide range of soils.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Heptacodium miconioides is a large, fountain-shaped, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that typically grows 15-20' at maturity with a 10' spread. May also be trained as a single-trunk tree. Features terminal clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers in late summer to early fall. Flowers appear in whorls within each branched cluster, with each whorl containing 7 tiny flowers (hence the common name of seven-son flower). Flowers are followed in fall by an equally showy (if not showier) display: small, purplish-red fruits (1/2-inch-long drupes) crowned by five very showy, sepal-like rose calyces which elongate after bloom and last into late fall. Tan bark exfoliates to reveal attractive brown inner bark, which provides good winter interest. Leaves are narrow, shiny, ovate-oblong and medium-green. This plant, native to China, is rare and may no longer exist in the wild. However, it has somewhat recently become available in commerce and is increasing in popularity as an ornamental shrub, though it may be difficult to find. It is a good source of nectar for butterflies in the fall.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

A somewhat rare and unique plant with year-round interest. Shrub border or woodland garden. Excellent as a lawn specimen or accent around the home.