• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing upright shrub to 20 feet tall, 10 to 15 feet wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Late summer to fall
  • Detail
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing upright shrub to 20 feet tall, 10 to 15 feet wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late summer to fall
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasThis is a perfect large shrub for background planting with a seasonal color display. Use along foundation walls or fence lines. Makes a good windbreak hedge or component for shelterbelts. Add to the back of a mixed shrub border to screen off adjacent land uses.
    Companion PlantsGroup with other sizeable flowering shrubs for the structural framework of a landscape using Magical Forsythia, (Forsythia x intermedia 'Kolgold'), Angel's Blush Hydrangea, (Hydranage paniculata 'Ruby'), Sensation Lilac, (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'), Cardinal Candy Viburnum, (Viburnum dilatatum 'Henneke') and Blue Moon Kentucky Wisteria, (Wisteria macrostachya 'Blue Moon').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This genus was first collected by Wilson from the Hupei Province of China in 1907. It was classified ten years later by Rheder at the Arnold Arboretum. But Heptacodium (seven flower-head) never caught on and virtually disappeared from horticulture. Then in 1980 a Sino-American Botanical Expedition rediscovered this beautiful shrub among the few specimens still extant in the wild. They are nearly extinct. The species may survive mainly due to its reintroduction into horticulture.
    Lore:
    This shrub is a good source of nectar for butterflies in the fall.