? Heptacodium micionoides ?

I am not questioning my choice: those question marks in the title were supposed to be hearts, but got lost in translation. Anyone know how to access symbols in WordPress?

Heptacodium micionoides

The tree itself is not so very special, but the charm is in the details.

peeling bark

Shaggy, peeling bark bears closer inspection.

blossoms for bees

The lightly fragrant blossoms are beloved by bees. Our tree comes alive with them between showers.


This tree has been blooming for almost two weeks and there are still many tight buds, promising more to come.

overwhelming neighbors

Here you can see that it is overwhelming its neighbors: a crape myrtle on the left and Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’ in the middle. Guess some targeted pruning would be in order.

upper branches in bloom

In most venues the blossoms are not even mentioned and featured photos are invariably of the russet calyxes that remain after the flowers fade. You can see them here in the Great Plant Picks listing. Plant Lust has minimal information but does list sources. Most listings seem to regard the Seven Son Flower (that’s its common name) as a shrub and that was what I was expecting when I planted it. As you can see, it has far exceeded my expectations. To be honest, overplanting is a common problem around here.

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6 thoughts on “? Heptacodium micionoides ?

  1. I expected a shrub too. At 11 years old, mine is a small tree. It drops its tinypetals all over the place so it’s not a tree for the neat nick gardeners among us. And I rarely get those cool calyxes. But despite its size and idiosyncrasies, I love the thing.

  2. Glad to hear I’m in good company with the overplanting thing. And heck if you can do it with all that space then what chance do I have?

    Love the bark, and do wonder about that common name…Seven Son Flower. What do you think is behind that?

  3. Grace~I have failed to get many of the showy calyxes as well, and it may be for lack of sufficient sun.

    Mark & Gaz~Do you see them in your neck of the woods?

    Angie~It’s far from common here, too. Uncommon = fascinating here in nerd nation.

    Loree~I did a bit of digging (of the internet kind) and found this: “Each panicle segment ends in a cluster of 7 buds, the source of both the Chinese common name and the Latin name. Thanks for the brain-teasing query.


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