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Heptacodium miconioides - Seven-sons Tree

Heptacodium miconioides is a medium sized, decidiuous shrub. Native to China, it was reintroduced into the horticulture world before extinction in 1980.

The deciduous tree offers multiple interesting features, the bark is a creamy beige with long thin sections of bark that peels—encourages people to touch it. The leaves are large and ovate, curling downwards occasionally creating a love heart shape.

Heptacodium miconiodes flowers in late summer and into autumn. When the flowers fall with the first frost but their calyxes remain, turning pink before darkening to burgundy. Therefore, offering continued interest throughout the year.

FACT: A full flower truss can contain up to 2500 individual flowers.
FACT: Viburnum rhyidophyllum is native to central and Western China.
FACT: Requires other viburnums for pollination and fruit set.

Plant Profile

Name: Heptacodium miconioides

Common Name: Seven-sons Tree

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Height: 4-8 metres

Width: 2.5-4.0 metres

Demands: Sheltered, South, West or East facing aspect

Soil: Moist but well-drained Clay, Chalk, Loam and Sand

Foliage: Deciduous dark green leaves

Flowers: Fragrant creamy-white

Heptacodium miconioides info sheet

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