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Heptacodium miconioides

Heptacodium miconioides
seven son flower
Heptacodium miconioides exfoliating bark

Common name seven son flower
Family caprifoliaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z5-9)
Flowers creamy white (September)
Size 15'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Flowering deciduous shrub native to China, grows taller than it gets wide. Its natural habit is multistemmed, but may be trained to a single-trunk tree shape. Flowers are supposedly fragrant (although my nose isn't much attuned to floral fragrances), and the interest continues into fall with red fruit, and winter with exfoliating bark. We planted ours a good number of years ago (see the photo of our young tree below), and have since seen it attain its mature habit. It is planted on the berm behind our big pond's filtration zone, where it provides a nice backdrop.

seven son flower
The flowers fade to pink in October
Heptacodium miconioides
Newly planted tree (May 2007)

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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