I received this plant in the spring. It was too small to plant so I grew it in containers all summer. Last week I planted it in the ground in Pittsburgh, in zone 5b or maybe 6a. It now has 3 or 4 healthy long branches which extend outward so it would be a bush. I want it to be a tree and am unsure how to prune it to encourage upward growth, It is very healthy and I am sure it will grow well, but it would be helpful to have expert advice about how to go about pruning these sideways extending branches.
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 9
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
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Hang on to your hat - Temple of Bloom® seven-son flower is going to blow your mind!
We are thrilled to be able to bring this outstanding plant, previously known only by collectors and plant geeks, to everyone in North America. Temple of Bloom seven-son flower is a beautiful, easy to grow small tree which simply can't be matched for year-round beauty. 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.
Temple of Bloom® seven-son flower is the perfect choice for a special spot in your landscape. Plant it where it can be seen, often, and enjoyed any time of the year. Available in better garden centers in spring 2019.
Top reasons to grow Temple of Bloom® seven-son flower:
- Contribute outstanding interest to your home but needs little care.
- Flowers in late summer and fall, when other plants are winding down.
- Peeling bark looks great year-round but is especially memorable in winter.
If you can't tell, we're more than a little excited about Temple of Bloom® seven-son flower!Long BloomingFall InterestWinter InterestHeat TolerantAttracts:BeesButterfliesHummingbirds
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:72 - 120 InchesSpacing:72 - 120 InchesSpread:72 - 120 InchesFlower Colors:RedFlower Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Deep greenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Summer through FallHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
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 Notes:
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.Fun Facts:
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.Temple of Bloom® Heptacodium miconioides 'SMNHMRF' USPP 30,763, Can PBRAF
Amy Van Buskirk, Pennsylvania, United States, 17 weeks ago
I ordered this plant in spring of 2019 and planted it in my new front flowerbed. It has thrived and grown wonderfully. I am shocked at how quickly it has grown and now I am enjoying the new blooms already on the first year. Very impressed. The only thing I'm unsure about is if I need to prune it this winter. It is fairly bushy rather then upright. I am hoping I can trim and train it to be a small tree.Brooke, Oregon, United States, 22 weeks ago
I bought this plant this year in the quart size and it showed up green and cut back. I planted it in hard clay soil and added some starter fertilizer and it is already branching! I don’t expect it to get big anytime soon, but anything that can survive in Kentucky soil sure is a winner!Dalton Curtis, Kentucky, United States, 26 weeks ago
This is pollinator heaven and outstanding. Very beautiful year around. I'm growing it in Zone 7a. It does need water during drought periods, and I recommend giving it morning light up until maybe 2 pm, thus siting it away from the hot western sun.Carolyn Johnson, Missouri, United States, 37 weeks ago
This review is for the quart size Seven Sons purchased in the spring of 2018. My garden zone is 8a in Elephant Butte, New Mexico. We have very windy weather in spring. Elephant Butte is not a very easy place to garden but with 14 years here I have learned quite a bit and don't lose many plants. My order arrived the first week of April as requested. The plant was about 7 inches tall as I expected, had 2 stems with a few nice healthy leaves, the root system seemed less advanced than I was expecting but not too bad. The Seven Sons was put in a container (so that it could be given protection from the winds) with good quality new soil. The plant never thrived, went downhill right away; and has died. All the other 16 plants I purchased are doing wonderfully. Exceptionally well really. I wouldn't purchase the quart size again but may try when a bigger size is available. I'm hoping some others who have purchased the Seven Sons will write about their experience. I think the plant I received may have just been a little too young and fragile for a New Mexico yard. :)Angele, New Mexico, United States, 1 year ago