September Plant of the Month: Heptacodium miconioides – Seven-Son Flower
An under-utilized multi-stem shrub, Heptacodium miconiodes adds flowering interest to the late summer/early fall landscape. Blooms appear in August, continuing into October.
The fragrant white flowers appear in clusters of seven, hence the common name Seven-Son Flower.
Though its fall foliage color is typically uninspiring, a spectacular fall show is provided when the sepals turn a cherry red/purple color.
Winter interest is provided by light brown exfoliating bark. This shrub has an upright habit – typically open and spreading – ranging in size from 10-20’ in height and width. It is an easy care, trouble-free plant, preferring moist soils and full sun but is tolerant of well drained or dry soils in partial shade.
This plant is suitable for use in informal borders, screens, and as a specimen. Handsome specimens can be viewed at Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. Introduced from China. Hardy zones 5-8.