Temple of Bloom® Seven-Son Flower


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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.
  • Fall Interest
  • Winter Interest

If you can't tell, we're more than a little excited about Temple of Bloom® seven-son flower!


Plant Type:


Height Category:


Garden Height:

72 - 120 Inches


72 - 120 Inches


72 - 120 Inches

Foliage Colors:


Flower Colors:

Red, White

Foliage Shade:

Deep Green



Container Role:


Tolerant to:



Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Plant Needs

Light Requirement:

Part Sun to Sun, Sun

Maintenance Category:


Bloom Time:

Long Blooming, Summer through Fall

Hardiness Zones:

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Water Category:



Border Plant, Landscape, Specimen or Focal Point

Light Requirement:

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).

Uses 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. 

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