The Seven Sons tree (Heptacodium miconioides) has been blooming and attracting a wide array of butterflies this fall. A Viceroy, mimic of the Monarch butterfly, dines on the nectar-rich flowers. Look for Sevens Sons near the Fountain Garden and in the Perennial Garden.
This is the second day flower of the Amazon Victoria (Victoria amazonica). They are white the first day and have this pink center on the second day -- it has to do with cross pollination as the pollen is ready on the first day and the stigma is ready to receive pollen and be fertilized on the second day. Victorias are pollinated by beetles in their native Amazon rivers but must be hand pollinated here. Look for them in the Island Garden pools.
These brown fruit may look unappealing but are a delight to eat! This is a selection of the Jujube tree (Zizyphus jujuba) called 'Coco' and has very sweet, crisp fruit. Jujubes are popular in China and were the inspiration for the candy as the fruit can be candied for long term use. Jujubes have no shelf life or shipping life so are not found in grocery stores.
Jujubes come in various shapes and sizes and this larger, pear-shaped variety is 'Black Sea' from the Ukraine. Look for several varieties of Jujube trees in the Heartland Harvest Garden.