avoid invasive plants Butterfly Bush Alternative Seven-Son Flower (Heptacodium miconioides)
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Butterfly Bush Alternative: Seven-Son Flower

(Heptacodium miconioides)

Why it's a standout: This underused gem flaunts fragrant white blooms through late summer, followed by pink-purple fruit in fall and an attractive display of cream-colored peeling bark in winter. Naturally a very large, 20-foot-tall by 10-foot-wide shrub, it can serve as a small tree with a little pruning.
What it needs: Full sun; average, well-drained soil
Zones: 5 to 9
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