I am not questioning my choice: those question marks in the title were supposed to be hearts, but got lost in translation. Anyone know how to access symbols in WordPress?
The tree itself is not so very special, but the charm is in the details.
Shaggy, peeling bark bears closer inspection.
The lightly fragrant blossoms are beloved by bees. Our tree comes alive with them between showers.
This tree has been blooming for almost two weeks and there are still many tight buds, promising more to come.
Here you can see that it is overwhelming its neighbors: a crape myrtle on the left and Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’ in the middle. Guess some targeted pruning would be in order.
In most venues the blossoms are not even mentioned and featured photos are invariably of the russet calyxes that remain after the flowers fade. You can see them here in the Great Plant Picks listing. Plant Lust has minimal information but does list sources. Most listings seem to regard the Seven Son Flower (that’s its common name) as a shrub and that was what I was expecting when I planted it. As you can see, it has far exceeded my expectations. To be honest, overplanting is a common problem around here.
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