(Seven Sons Flower)
Botanical Name: Heptacodium miconioides
Seven Sons Flower
Creamy white and fragrant. After petals fall the sepals turn red giving color for a few more weeks.
Late summer - August into September
Opens a light green that darkens during the summer but rarely has much fall color.
A small red capsule surrounded by the elongated red sepals. Very showy.
Large shrub or multi-stemmed tree that is very irregular. The tendency is to have a loose, open appearance.
Can reach 20 to 25 feet with about half that in spread.
Full sun to partial shade.
The bark on larger trunks exfoliates revealing a lighter underbark. It can be quite striking.
Description: This is a tree that has been written about extensively in the past few years. It can be grown as a large shrub or a single or multi-stemmed tree; I believe the multi-stemmed tree is probably the nicest way to grow it. Its main attribute, however, is its white flowers in late summer to early fall which are creamy white and fragrant. After the petals fall, the sepals that persist change from green to a bright red lasting for at least two to three weeks and are even more spectacular than the white flowers. Once again, this is an extremely interesting plant in the fall of the year, and actually all year round, as the bark of larger trunks exfoliate shreds of tan bark exposing a white underbark. In recent years we have selected some plants with the deepest red coloration on the sepals and have planted them together. From now on, we will be growing this plant as seedlings from this group of stock plants. Although Heptacodium roots from softwood cuttings, we feel that seedlings make far better trees and, therefore, we are growing the seedlings from these superior clones.