Heptacodium miconioides

seven-son flower

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

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.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: cream

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occassionally

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, black, orange

Great Color Partners: lavender, rose, cream

Culture Notes
Heptacodium 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.