TEMPLE OF BLOOM® Seven-son flower

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun Height: 15-20' Width/Spread: 6-10'

You want it all? Temple of Bloom seven-son flower has it. It’s interesting in all four seasons! Large, high quality foliage for spring, creamy puffs of flowers in summer, brilliant dark pink bracts for fall, and elegant tan peeling bark in the winter. Let’s revisit the mention of the bracts. While they look like a second flower show, they’re actually the material that is left behind after the white petals fall away. Just as showy as blooms, but a lot tougher. Its taller-than-wide habit lends itself perfectly for use in the landscape as a small, multi-stemmed tree, but it needs to be trained to have this habit. You’ll find mature plants for sale already in a tree form, or young plants in quart sizes that could be left to grow as a wild, but handsome shrub. If your garden could use a pollinator magnet center piece, perhaps you’ve finally found your match!

Why grow Temple of Bloom seven-son flower?

  • Four season beauty
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Versatile landscape use

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Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day)
Soil: 
Any average soil will do, provided it is well-drained.
Water: 
Average water needs; fairly drought tolerant once established.
Fertilizing: 
Nothing special required. Once a year in spring is sufficient, but can be fertilized monthly from early spring through late July if desired. We recommend a granular (not liquid) rose fertilizer.
Pruning: 
Little needed. May be selectively pruned to create the desired branching structure if you’d like; this is best done in early spring, when the plant’s structure can be clearly seen. Any branches you are removing should be removed entirely – avoid cutting this plant back.

Botanical Name

Heptacodium miconioides 'SMNHMRF' PP#30,763

Zone

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

Red, White

Foliage Color

Green

Height

15-20'

Width/Spread

6-10'

Exposure

Full Sun

Soil

Average, Well-draining

Season of Interest

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Year Round

Uses

Borders, Cottage gardens, Foundations, Specimen

Features

Attracts pollinators, Deer resistant, Fall interest, Fragrant, Tree, Winter Interest

Blooms on

New wood

Breeder

Tim Wood

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