Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Skeletons dancing

Here's a photo of our Seven Sons tree, Heptacodium miconioides which we previously thought was some kind of yellow twig dogwood. I bought the small tree or shrub because I loved the color and texture of the bark. After two years in ground and my wife's severely pruning back the vigorous growth, the tree has taken on a zigzag shape that I love... a skeleton dancing wildly.


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

This is a new plant for me, Ki - just came back after looking it up, and it sounds very interesting, with one site calling it 'the crape myrtle of the north'. The pruning gives it a different look from the green ball-shapes in the other webpages!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

6:23 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Annie,
The seven sons tree/shrub grows very vigorously sprouting many branches covered with leaves. In one year the new growth extends 3-4 feet so heavy pruning is a must to keep it shaped and in check so other plants are not completely shaded. So ideally the tree needs a lot of space to grow with no undergrowth. This rampant growth means you have a large selection of branches to prune and you can shape the tree into fantastic shapes. It was just an accident that ours was pruned in this zigzag shape.

5:08 AM  

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