Heptacodium – Temple of Bloom®
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Temple of Bloom™ seven-son flower differs from other Heptacodium on the market in that the bracts (actually sepals) develop a much deeper red color. Plus, it blooms earlier, so that even in colder areas of its hardiness range, you'll still get a chance to see that color develop. It's also a bit smaller in its overall height.
The common name, "seven-son flower" derives from the way that the flowers are arranged on the stems.
Believe it or not, this beautiful and unusual plant requires essentially no care. It isn't finicky about soils, though it does appreciate regular moisture and good drainage. It will not require any special pruning, though you may prune or train it to your liking if you prefer. If you do prune it, do that in late winter or early spring, as the flower buds begin to set shortly after the plant leafs out.
Temple of Bloom™ seven-son flower does not need special fertilizing, but if you wish to encourage more rapid growth, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants (like a rose fertilizer) in early spring.
Temple of Bloom™ seven-son flower is at its best as a specimen, thanks to its elegant habit. However, it is amenable to pruning, which offers it some versatility in the landscape. It is highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, so consider planting it someplace where you can enjoy all the activity it invites.
Though its exact form will depend on how the grower has trained it, it is typically a small, multi-stemmed tree that reaches around 10' tall at maturity.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Blooms On New Wood
Flower Form Border Plant, Landscape, Specimen or Focal Point