Heptacodium miconioides – Butterflies enjoy the Jasmine scent of Seven Sons

Attractive to Bees, Butterflies and even Hummingbirds.

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.

Seven Sons
As a large multi-stemmed the Seven Sons makes great backdrop to any garden border.
Heptacodium miconioides
Enjoy the Jasmine scent of Seven Sons.
Heptacodium miconioides Seven Sons
Attractive to Bees, Butterflies and even Hummingbirds.
Grow as a tree or a multi-stemmed shrub
Grow as a tree or a multi-stemmed flowering shrub

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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Stephen Pryce-Lea

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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”


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