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Cultural Details for Heptacodium miconioides

Common Name:
Seven-Son Flower

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Buds appear in early summer, but do not open until August and linger until September, individual flowers are creamy white, and fragrant

Fruit Details:
Capsule with calyx that persist and change green to rose-purple

Fall Color:
Soft green to mild yellow at best

Bark Details:
Reddish-brown bark peels off in thin strips, revealing gray-brown to beige colors underneath.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Some dieback has occurred, probably canker related

Native Habitat:
China, Zhejiang Province

Other Features:
Single flowers are quite small but are borne in a tiered, six flowered whorl that is terminated by a flower, hence the name Heptacodium, in allusion to the seven flowered thryselike inflorescences

Culture and Care:
Prefers moist, acid, well-drained, organic soils

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.