Strolling through Portland neighborhoods in October one may catch a hint of honeysuckle on the air and assume that it emanates from a flowery vine in the area.

Heptacodium miconioides

Indeed there may be a few stray honeysuckle flowers still about, but it’s more likely coming from this unassuming tree. Seven Sons Flower, Heptacodium miconioides, spends October covered in tiny white flowers that pack a fruity sweet scent that is not to be missed.

Heptacodium miconiodes flower

It gets even better when berries form and hot pink sepals (similar to Abelia sepals) cover the tree in dusky pink. When the show is over, the tree continues to perform, showing off lovely bark that peels off in long shredded bits.

Heptacodium miconiodes Sepals

Add to this great pest and disease resistance and small stature and we come close to perfection!