Heptacodium miconioides

Heptacodium miconioides
Heptacodium miconioides 
seven son flower
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 3-5m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +různobarevné:cream a deep pink
BLOOMING TIME August - October
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Rarities
Summer blooms
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Seven son flower is a fascinating shrub that was first found in China by Ernest H.Wilson more than a hundred years ago, in 1907. Still, it took almost 80 years before this plant was cultivated commercially.

Seven son flower is a large shrub or a small tree with 3 predominant features. Leaves, inflorescence, and bark. In spring it makes medium-sized 7-10 cm long, ovate, deciduous leaves with prominent 3 veins. The leaves are opposite and hang on the tree like dogwood or pear tree leaves. They are light green when they emerge, maturing to dark green, and gaining some red shades in autumn but not very striking.

From late summer until late autumn panicles of tiny, creamy white, fragrant flowers are produced at the tips of the branches. They are nice but not as showy as their calyxes which appear after the flowers fell off. They are star-shaped and turn scarlet red and reddish pink making this plant an ultimate showstopper in late season.

The last feature that gets its word in last is the peeling bark leaving a smooth, tan or light brown trunk.

Seven son flower grows fast, making some 50 cm or more per year. It can be pruned in any way in early spring. Being very soil tolerant it will grow in poor or even heavy, compacted soil. It allegedly does well in partly boggy sites. Still, for best results grow it in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. Hardy to about -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update: 25-06-2012
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Heptacodium miconioides height 100-125 cm, width 40-50 cm
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Heptacodium miconioides height 100-125 cm, width 40-50 cm
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Heptacodium miconioides height 80-100 cm
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Heptacodium miconioides height 80-100 cm, width 30-40 cm
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Heptacodium miconioides height 80-100 cm, width 30-40 cm
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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