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Seven-Son Flower

Category:

An uncommon tall shrub which is recently gaining popularity because of its very attractive pink fruits in fall; open, upright-sprawling habit of growth, benefits from a regular pruning, best used in groups as a tall background in the garden

Characteristics

Species:
miconioides
Average Landscape Height:
15 feet
Average Landscape Width:
12 feet
Genus:
Heptacodium
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Density:
open
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
from late summer to mid fall
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Seven-Son Flower is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features abundant showy pink capsules from mid to late fall. It has panicles of fragrant creamy white flowers at the ends of the branches from late summer to mid fall, which are interesting on close inspection. It has forest green deciduous foliage which emerges lime green in spring. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The shaggy antique red bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Seven-Son Flower is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Seven-Son Flower will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

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