One truly magnificent tree at Red Butte Garden is the Seven-Son Flower (Heptacodium miconioides).
Flowering can last almost a month and after pollination, the sepals elongate and change from green to dark pink to become part of the incredibly showy fruit.
During the winter, the Seven-Son Flower still provides interest because as the trees become more mature and the trunks become thicker, the tan outer bark exfoliates to reveal an attractive inner bark.
Although it can be trained as a single-trunk tree, at Red Butte we prefer to grow the multi-trunked form and we have three stunning examples of multi-trunked trees in our Fragrance Garden. Because of the year round interest this tree brings, be sure to visit the garden each season and see how magnificent it is in person.
Photos by Jason Baker