Seven-son flower tree
If you are looking for a tree that flowers in the late summer to early fall, attracts butterflies and has interesting bark, look no further: the seven-son flower is an excellent addition to your landscape for a multitude of great qualities.
If you are looking for a great specimen tree (focal point in your landscape) that flowers in the late summer to early fall, attracts butterflies and has interesting bark, look no further. Heptacodim miconiodes, the seven-son flower, is an excellent addition to your landscape for a multitude of great qualities.
The seven-son flower tree is a four-season tree. It has visual interest year-round, grows in average, well-drained soil, but will tolerate a wide range of soil types. Seven-son flower will thrive in full sun to part shade and has no serious insect or disease problems.
Here are some quick facts about the seven-son flower tree:
- The genus name Heptacodium comes from the Greek and means “seven heads,” in reference to the typical seven-part flower clusters that make up the inflorescence
- Seven-son flower is the sole member of its genus
- As a member of the Caprifoliaceae family, it is a cousin to the Honeysuckle
- Botanically classified as a deciduous shrub, it can also be grown as a single stem tree
- The seven-son flower is native to China
- Seven-son flower is hardy in zones 5-9
- The height is 15-20 feet with a spread of 8-10 feet
- The leaves are glossy and simple ranging from 3-6 inches long
- Showy, white fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds in September
- After the petals drop, the sepals turn a brilliant rosy-pink color. This makes the plant appear to flower a second time. The bright sepals can be showier than the original white flowers.
- The bark is light tan and exfoliates into long strips exposing the lighter tan inner bark
- The fruit of the seven-son flower has no ornamental importance
- This tree tolerates many soil conditions, but prefers moist, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic
- It grows best in full sun to partial shade
- Seven-son flower is a moderate to fast growing tree
- This tree also looks great as a specimen tree in a naturalized area
Julie Kronewitter from Horrocks Garden Center in Ionia, MI had this to say about the seven-son flower:
“Seven sons flower is a very unique specimen tree that has year-round interest while exfoliating and sometimes twisted bark and blooms when there are not a lot of trees blooming. When the beautiful white flowers drop off, the stems of the flowers turn a brilliant red and appear to be reblooming. This is an exceptional tree to add to your landscape.”
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