Heptacodium miconioidesItem #0666 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
A deciduous shrub with distinct three-veined leaves retained into early winter. Unusual peeling bark. Small, fragrant white flowers are followed by showy bright red calyx in fall. Best in shrub borders and foundation planting against a dark background.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering 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 InterestBlooms:Late summer to fall
- DetailPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing upright shrub to 20 feet tall, 10 to 15 feet wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late summer to fallFlower color:WhiteGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign 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').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.