• Overview
    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
  • 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:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    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.