Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growing upright shrub to 20 feet tall, 10 to 15 feet wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Year-round Interest
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Late summer to fall
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 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:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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.