Seven Sons in Autumn

When they first bloom, the Seven Sons trees  (Heptacodium miconioides) have white, fragrant flowers.  After the flowers finish blooming in late summer/early fall, the second act begins: the sepals turn a lovely fuschia/reddish color that persists for weeks.  My husband and I just love this plant, we have 2 in our yard.  When more mature than the pair we’ve got , the trees/shrubs have interesting exofoliating bark.  Seeing the flowers and then the “second bloom” of the sepals is fast becoming a favorite sign of fall for me.

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