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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Seven-sons Flower

"Seven-sons flower" is a worthy odd-ball woody ornamental that is now in full flower in the Ann Arbor area.  I may have mentioned this specimen on Amherst near Longshore before, but now is a good time to visit it and experience its nice floral display and strong honeysuckle-like fragrance. (And while you are at it, consider putting in a bid for this gorgeous property that was lovingly landscaped by a plant-loving friend of mine.)

The scientific name is Heptacodium micinioides, which is one of my favorite combinations of syllables. It has an odd leaf, with veins that run parallel to the leaf-margins. The shreddy bark is honeysuckle to the second power, verging on melaleuca.  Kudos to those people who are willing to try new plants in their landscapes!

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