Seven-Son Flower

Arbor walk #66, TreeKeeper ID #2585

The Seven-Son Flower is a large deciduous shrub with a fountain head that terminates in creamy white flower clusters. This plant is native to China, and provides a good source of nectar for butterflies. The Seven-Son Flower is named for the white flowers that come in groups of seven. These flowers are the defining characteristic of the tree; they appear in whorls of seven tiny fragrant, creamy white, flowers in late summer through early fall. After the fall, the flowers are replaced by equally showy purple red fruit. In addition, the Seven-Son Flower has a very distinct peeling bark.

Common NameSeven-Son Flower
Latin NameHeptacodium miconioides
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