Seven-son flower - Heptacodium miconioides
Circa 5 M
The plant can be found at the Arboretum's parking lot in square: 1017, position 3103.
The genus Heptacodium belongs to the honeysuckle family and has its natural distribution in Western China. The genus Heptacodium has only one species, which is described here.
Heptacodium miconioides (synonym = H. jasminoides) is a large, fast-growing, large bush, or small tree, up to 5 meters tall. The attractive opposite leaves are shiny, dark-green on top with entire margins and a long drip tip. They have 3 veins parallel to the margins. The pealing bark adds interest in winter
Flowering occurs in September with small white, weak, sweet-smelling, jasmine-like flowers. The flowers occur on tiered, 6-flowered whorls..
Heptacodium miconioides was first described by Alfred Rehder in 1916, it then disappeared and was rediscovered in 1980 by the Sino-American Botanic Expedition.
Our 2 meter tall example is found by the Arboretum's parking lot and came as a gift from Arne Vagn Jakobsen in 1995.