Heptacodium Temple of Bloom
Heptacodium photo Whitehouse Perennials

Seve Suns Tree

'Temple of Bloom', commonly known as  Seven-Son flower is a beautiful, easy to grow small tree with three seasons of interest.  In spring, the handsome leaves emerge, each sporting dramatically deep veins that make the plant stand out in the landscape. As the season progresses, the leaves grow larger and develop a long, twisting tip. Come August, when everything else is winding down, Temple of Bloom seven-son flower is just coming into its own, as it becomes covered in big clusters of fragrant white flowers that hummingbirds and other pollinators flock to. They last for weeks before gracefully falling to the ground to reveal vivid red, fan-like bracts, which make it look like the plant is blooming again in a completely different color. As winter comes and the leaves drop, the plant's elegant frame is revealed, along with amazing light tan peeling bark. This plant is listed as Zone 5 however we have had one in the garden for about 10 years where it thrives in a sheltered spot in the main display garden that receives morning sun.

  • Height: 1.8-3 m (6-10 ft)
  • Spread: 1.8-3 m (6-10 ft)
  • Hardiness: Zone 5 (4) -
  • Sun or Shade: part shade to sun
  • Bloom Time: fall
  • Leaf Colour: deep green
  • Bloom Colour: white then red
  • Nature Attraction: bees, butterflies and hummingbirds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

This beautiful and unusual plant is very easy 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. Prune in late winter or early spring, as the flower buds begin to set shortly after the plant leafs out. Temple of Bloom™ 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 or top dress with compost.

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