Plant’s of Distinction don’t come much more distinct than the Seven Son’s, Heptacodium miconioides – botanical gardens and private estates are preserving the survival of this handsome multi-stemmed tree. Ensuring both visitors and keen gardeners along with butterflies get to enjoy the Jasmine scent of the Seven Sons.
The multi-stemmed tiered branches of Heptacodium miconioides are a fine example, of this unusual, fast-growing bushy tree. In early Autumn the branches are covered with white blossoms that attract butterflies for over a month, starting in September until early October. Once the flowers fade they reveal deep pink calyx that persist well into late autumn.
Leaves that stay glossy green for most of the year turn a gorgeous burnt amber in the Autumn accompanied by pale peeling bark, it is worth considering growing as a multi-stemmed shrub to show off its stems.
Behind our fine example is a Wisteria that clamber onto its shrubby branches to flower in spring, and at its side stands a proud Abutilon vitifolium, who’s lilac flowers also put on a stunning display.
First discovered in 1907 by E.H. Wilson in China. This stunning tree or multi-stemmed shrub stood largely forgotten until the early 1980’s when it was rediscovered by the American Botanical Plant Hunting Expedition.
Recently introduced as an ornamental tree or shrub in botanical collections throughout the World, this beautiful multi-stemmed shrub or small tree is not bothered by pests or diseases!
H. miconioides is considered rare in China, with very few growing wild but thanks to the Botanical expeditions that helps so many genera survive it can now be found thriving as an ornamental in many stately homes and gardens worldwide.
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