Heptacodium miconioides

Also known as:

  • Heptacodium jasminoides
  • Chinese Heptacodium
  • Seven Son Flower

Plant Type

tree, shrub

Zones

5a-9b

Size

H:10'-18'
W:7'-10'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

acidic, well-drained, gritty

Water Needs:

even moisture

Sun Exposure:

mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

white

Foliage Color:

green

Wildlife:

bees, butterflies

Fruit:

pink, red, purple

Flower Season:

summer, fall

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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Lush-looking large shrub or small tree that produces masses of fragrant white flowers in late summer and equally attractive persistent cherry-red sepals in fall. Fast growing with attractive, peeling bark. Collected at Hangzhou Botanical Garden during the 1980 Sino-American Expedition, this unusual Chinese member of the honeysuckle family is very adaptable in a wide range of climates. Large shrub or small tree. Sandy soil or loam. USDA zones 4-9 (up to 7,000').

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Seven Sons flower came from China in the ‘70’s. This nice large shrub will have handsome peeling tan bark. The flowers appear in late summer and look somewhat like white crepemyrtles, but H. miconioides is very hardy and an easy plant to grow.

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A rare plant from China which was once thought to be extinct in the wild. Quite adaptable to wet or dry; acid or alkaline soils. Textured dark green leaves. Fall foliage is yellow and long lasting. Bark exfoliates in light tan strips against a chalky white background. Small fragrant creamy-white flowers are borne in profusion from mid-August to the end of September which are replaced by bright pink calyxes which persist till frost. Flowers are borne in groups of 7 on each stem, hence its name. Rose colored fruit may stay bright cerise pink or ripen to a rich purple color. Under-story plant which is an excellent companion in a shade garden.

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First discovered in China and brought to the West by the famous plant explorer E. H. Wilson, this magnificent deciduous shrub provides unique points of interest no matter what the season. In spring, there is the foliage: large, narrowly heart-shaped, glossy and rich green, with three deep veins. Then there is the exfoliating bark, which peels in thin strips to reveal a cinnamon-brown color. Early autumn brings the showy flowers, for which the species is named: fragrant, creamy white clusters of seven flowers produced in terminal panicles. Late autumn replaces blooms with spectacular small rounded fruits, each topped with a persistent cherry red or purple calyx. Excellent as a specimen, Seven-Son Flower thrives in most garden soil.

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A cool new plant introduced from China in 1980, although Wilson found it back in 1907. Ornamental peeling Crepe Myrtle-like bark, fragrant white flowers in late summer in six flowered whorls terminated by a single flower (hence Heptocodium) followed by showy cherry red calyces surrounding the fruits, giving the impression of still being in flower in autumn when the leaves turn purple. We observed several large specimens trained as tree forms in Dale Deppe's garden this fall and were blown away by the bark. Despite what Dirr says it seems to thrive in full sun, and struggles in the shade at least in the north.

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Recently introduced from China (1980), this multi-stemmed tree bears distinctive small white flowers in panicles at the end of the branches. Exfoliating bark and red autumn seeds add to its appeal.

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Deciduous, green leaves turn purple-bronze in autumn. Clusters of creamy white flowers in late summer to fall. Fragrant, small rounded fruit with a cherry red to rose purple calyx. Exfoliating bark reveals light brown interior bark. Medium growth rate.

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Heptacodium miconioides is a deciduous shrub, 10-15' tall, hardy to -20 °F. 6" long fragrant creamy white flowers in late summer, reddish pink sepals in October-November, peeling bark in winter. Also called the autumn lilac or northern crepe myrtle. Each flower stalk blooms with 7 flowers. Sun to part shade.

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Only recently introduced from China by the Arnold Arboretum, this medium/tall shrub makes a welcome addition to our landscape palette with its white fragrant flowers produced at a young age. Sun/Med

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Fragrant, creamy-white flowers fall, small, purplish- red fruits, exfoliating bark, USDA Zones 6-9.

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The Seven-Son Flower is a fast growing shrub or small tree (10-12') with fragrant white flower clusters in September, followed by equally showy red calyces that persist for weeks. It rounds out with exfoliating bark making this a strong late season performer. Spring shipping size 15-18".

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Recently introduced from China, Heptacodium has become the rage. A large arching shrub, or small tree, with glossy dark green leaves, exfoliating bark & fragrant creamy-white late summer flowers. Its best attribute is its persistent, showy, reddish-pink sepals that are effective from October to November. Beautiful bark. A great new shrub! Plants of Merit - Missouri Botanical Garden. Monarch's just love this plant and will pick it over a Buddleia. Wow!

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Snow-white blossoms in large clusters, replaced by brilliant red sepals and colorful fruits. Best in partial shade. Fall foliage is reddish-purple. Brown exfoliating bark.

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