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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September Garden Highlights: Seven-Son Flower (Heptacodium miconioides)

Do you know this plant?  If not, you should.  It is just becoming more widely available in the nursery trade.  It’s a small ornamental tree that reaches  about 15-20’ in height.  When young, the bark is a rich brown and exfoliating and a pretty tan in its adult years.  It flowers in late summer with dainty white panicles of sweetly scented flowers.  The  real show, however, comes a bit later, when the sepals, after the flower falls off, turn a rich rosepurple, thus extending the beauty of the tree.