Heptacodium miconioides Heptacodium


Description: Heptacodium miconioides also known as the Seven Sons Plant, is a medium sized, deciduous shrub, with a vase-shaped to round crown. In the spring and summer, the narrow, dark green glossy leaves provide reliable foliage in the garden. Clusters of jasmine scented, creamy-white flowers appear at the ends of the branches from late summer, and long after they have fallen, the pinkish-red calyxes often remain colourful, deepening to rich burgundy as they age. In the winter, the tan-coloured outer bark peels back to reveal a darker brown bark underneath, adding to the year-round appeal of this relatively rare shrub.

History: Native to China, it was introduced to the Hillier Gardens and Arboretum in 1981. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Hetacodium Growing Tips: Suitable for a wide range of soils.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 2.5m 


  • Flowering month: September
  • Tree shape: Spreading
  • Scented flowers
  • Drought tolerant
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Replacement prune
  • Attractive bark
  • S Size: Small

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