Heptacodium miconioides

A large shrub with unusual features.
Common name : Heptacodium miconioides
Scientific name : Heptacodium miconioides
Family : Caprifoliaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Easy peasy
Easy peasy
Pruning needed
Pruning needed
Rough 'n tough
Rough 'n tough
Urban
Urban
Flowery
Flowery
Frost resistant
Frost resistant
Large pot
Large pot
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Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
Granulométrie plants.granulometry_4
Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 200 - 500
pH 6 - 7

Identify my heptacodium miconioides

Heptacodium miconioides is a large shrub of the family Caprifoliaceae up to 5 meters in height and as much in width. Its leaves are elongate, opposite. The flowers appear in August, are grouped into panicles and formed of five white petals organized into stars. They then form red chalices. The bark is beige pink, smooth, and exfoliates regularly.

Plant my heptacodium miconioides

In open ground, plant preferably in autumn, possibly in early spring, outside periods of frost. Find a sunny location, in not too calcareous, draining soil, in the sun or in partial shade. Plan during planting that this shrub will attempt to reach 4 x 4m, so keep some space around it, unless you want to prune it a lot later. At planting, make a hole 2-3 times wider than the root ball and twice as deep as this one. Soak the root ball for 30 minutes. Refill with half of the earth, arrange the root ball at the bottom so that the collar reaches ground level. Then replace the rest of the earth with some compost, tamp it with your foot, then water copiously. Mulch. In pots, plant in a mixture of garden soil and mature compost in a large pot - 50L minimum - with a cup. Water and mulch.

Water my heptacodium miconioides

Water regularly and generously for several weeks after planting or sowing, especially if you did it late in the season. After, you only have to worry about watering if your plant is potted. Outside of these conditions, it will manage on its own.

Repot my heptacodium miconioides

If you keep your heptacodium in a pot, plan replacing the topsoil with mature compost 2 to 3 years

Prune my heptacodium miconioides

Pruning is not mandatory, but you can try to shape your Heptacodium. In this case, cut in late winter. For a more compact shape, shorten all branches. For a more aerial shape, lighten the lower branches that take an horizontal path. Do the same to shape it into a tree, but keep only one trunk.

Mulch my heptacodium miconioides

Renew mulching in the fall at the bottom of your Heptacodium.

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