Heptacodium miconioides is a somewhat rare and unique plant with wonderful year-round interest. In late summer it features terminal clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers that appear in whorls within each branched cluster. The blooms are followed in fall by an equally showy display of small, purplish-red fruits, that are a half-inch-long and crowned with five very showy, sepal-like rose calyces that last into late fall. For winter interest, Heptacodium miconioides' tan bark exfoliates to reveal an attractive chocolate-brown inner bark. This plant is excellent used as a lawn specimen, or as a focal point around the home, or in a shrub border or woodland garden. Seven-son flower looks great underplanted with ornamental grasses such as Hakonechloa.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, black, orange
Great Color Partners: lavender, rose, cream
Culture NotesHeptacodium miconioides grows best in well drained soil, although it will tolerate sandy soils and clay. Plant it in a location with full sun to light or open shade. It is best as a multi-stemmed plant. One or two of the older stems can be cut to 6 to 12 inches tall every year to maintain the plant as a large shrub. Alternatively three to five stems can be selected and pruned up to create a small tree.
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Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9
Flower Color: cream
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: occassionally