Seven son flower which is really a large shrub or small tree produces white flowers in late summer. The latin heptacodium means seven flowers hence its common name seven son flower though that s just the average number of flowers on each shoot.
The whitish tan bark peels in strips and is striking against a dark background.
Seven son flower. Should they break dormancy in an early thaw and the leaves. It is highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds so consider planting it someplace where you can enjoy all the activity it invites. This unusual member of the honeysuckle family is not a vine but a handsome vase shaped woody plant and one that is relatively unknown to most gardeners.
Heptacodium miconioides the seven son flower is a species of flowering plant it is the sole species in the monotypic genus heptacodium of the honeysuckle family caprifoliaceae the common name seven son flower is a direct translation of the standard chinese name 七子花 qi zi hua. Wilson during an expedition to china it wasn t until 1916 that a colleague of wilson s alfred rehder actually attached a name to the collected specimens. Seven son flower is an open multi stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth.
However it is amenable to pruning which offers it some versatility in the landscape. Best in shrub borders and foundation planting against a dark background. During the growing season seven son flower is covered with 4 6 inch long thick glossy leaves.
A deciduous shrub with distinct three veined leaves retained into early winter. Seven son flower is a small tree to large shrub. The seven son flower heptacodium miconioides is a large deciduous shrub or small tree that starts blooming in late summer when many other plants have stopped blooming which can help you maintain four season interest.
Although it was first collected in 1907 by e. Its average texture blends into the landscape but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. Heptacodium miconioides or seven son flower is a perfect example of a plant that remained unrecognized years after its introduction and is only now being rediscovered.
Heptacodium are among the first to sprout leaves in the spring and their light green color is especially attractive. Endemic to china this species was discovered for western horticulture in 1907 by the british plant hunter. Spring and summer brings a dense covering of oval leaves making it a great living screen though late summer is when the real magic begins.
Temple of bloom seven son flower is at its best as a specimen thanks to its elegant habit. After the petals fall the pink sepals remain giving the appearance that the plant is in flower again. This fountain shaped tree has something to show off in every season.
Seven son flower heptacodium miconioides. Small fragrant white flowers are followed by showy bright red calyx in fall.