|Seven Son Flower|
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
|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|
Other: Small (1/2 inch) red drupes are topped by showy deep pink calyces (whorls of sepals) that resemble flowers and last long into fall
|Bloom Size:||Under 1"
|Flower Time:||Late summer or early fall
|Suitable Locations:||Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
|Uses:||Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
|Propagation: Seeds:||Days to germinate: Germination of 0ne year old seeds in 3 weeks at room temperature.
|Awards and Recognitions:||RHS AGM
Other: 2008 Plant Select Winner
|Conservation status:||Vulnerable (VU)
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.
|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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|christine2||On June 1, 2010||Obtained plant
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