Seven-Son Flower

Arbor walk #66

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.

Name Seven-Son Flower
Latin Name Heptacodium miconioides
Type Adaptive
Diameter 2.5″ dbh (largest trunk)
Color of Leaf Medium green
Shape of Leaf Narrow, shiny, ovate-oblong
Color of Flower Creamy white flower in whorls late summer into fall
Shape of Flower Branched cluster with each whorl containing 7 flowers
Fruit Characteristics Small purpllish-red 1/2″ longdrupes in the fall
Bark Characteristics Tan bark exfoliates and reveals brown inner bark
Foliage Type Deciduous

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.

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