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Caprifoliaceae

Heptacodium

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Heptacodium miconioides

The tiered branches of Heptacodium are covered with white blossoms for over a month, starting in late summer. The flowers fade to reveal fuchsia calyxes that persist well into autumn. The pale, peeling bark can be exposed by pruning the lower branches of the interior. Although the form of the species is variable (single or multi-stemmed), it can usually be pruned into an elegant vase-shaped specimen, or maintained as a shrub.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSpecimen tree with drought and salt tolerance.

CareModerately fertile, well-drained soil; full sun to light shade. Tolerant of drought and salt.

PropagationSow seed indoors when fresh. Take softwood cuttings in spring.

ProblemsInfrequent.

Species and cultivars

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