The flower buds first open in late summer; seven white stars to each bud. The sepals then persist on the seven fruits and turn bright rose red, becoming even showier than the flowers themselves, lasting late into fall. Shaggy tan decorative bark exfoliates to reveal a cinnamon colored underlayer. Fall nectar source for butterflies.
In addition to common name Seven Son Flower, H. miconiodes is sometimes referred to as Northern Crape Myrtle because of its multi-stemmed, canopied shape and flowers. Fast growing. Provides shelter for wildlife and is an excellent windbreak or hedge for screening. Plant Select® varieties are durable, resilient and vibrant.