Seven Son Flower (Heptacodium miconioides)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 15 - 20 feet
Plant Spread: 8 - 10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: Germination of 0ne year old seeds in 3 weeks at room temperature.
Start indoors
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: 2008 Plant Select Winner
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable
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Garden Tours:  LarryR, Larry RettigGarden Tours: LarryR, Larry Rettig
December 3, 2011

It's to Iowa we travel this week, to visit the gardens of Larry Rettig and his wife, Wilma. I've been fortunate, I met Larry's Amana Colonies garden face to face earlier this year. I wandered those garden paths for days and every day I found something new. Let's take a look at these unbelievably beautiful Iowa gardens.

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Location: In my garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens, South Amana, IADate: Late summer
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-05-18
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Location: Ed Burton, NE WisconsinDate: 4000-01-03
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Location: Ed Burton, NE WisconsinDate: 2010-09-04
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Location: OhioDate: 2009-10-04
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Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IADate: Winter 2010Exfoliating bark
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Location: Lincoln NE zone 5Date: 2015-09-16Attracks lots of bees and butterflies.
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Location: Lincoln NE zone 5Date: 2015-09-16Bees love the blooms.
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Location: Chicago Botanical GardensDate: 2017-10-18
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Location: Chicago Botanical GardensDate: 2017-10-18
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Location: Lincoln, NEDate: 2011-11-06A real Monarch magnet
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Location: Lincoln, NEDate: 2011-09-11Peeling bark
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Location: Lincoln, NEDate: 2011-09-11Sweetly fragrant flowers in September
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Location: Lincoln, NEDate: 2011-09-12
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Location: Lincoln, NEDate: Early NovemberThe calyx is retained and turns red in Autumn
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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-04-19You'd think it were dead if it weren't for the new growth miracul
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2015-10-25
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-09-24
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Location: Cantigni Gardens in Wheaton, IllinoisDate: 2010-08-18mature plant
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Location: Tyler Arboretum near Media, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-08-24trunks and bark
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Location: Hershey Gardens, Hershey, Pennsylvania USADate: 2019-08-25
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Posted by jerseyridgearts (SW Louisiana - Zone 9a) on Aug 22, 2014 5:23 PM

Although this tree (which was planted as a small mail order purchase) is described as tolerant in zones 5 through 9 (Missouri Botanical Garden site), it has shown extreme hardiness. It has withstood an open position in a rural northern zone 5, and it survived two growing seasons of significant drought without much supplemental watering and then a record-breaking winter that killed plants purported to be hardier. The bloom on the tree this year is spectacular. It makes a perfect addition to a mixed border perennial scheme with its interesting bark, nice glossy leaves, and delicate bracts of white flowers in August, providing true four-season interest.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 29, 2018 8:10 PM

My biggest customer in West Chester, PA, a plant enthusiast, had one of this Seven-son Flower shrubs planted in her backyard, though it is surrounded and shaded by some other shrubs and a tree so that it is not an excellent specimen. Otherwise, I've just seen it at some arboretums and botanic gardens. The Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA, supported the introduction of this species from China in 1980. I find this member of the Honeysuckle Family to be an interesting plant, but not really that lovely. Its white flowers are loved by bumblebees and some other pollinators.

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