Quad City Botanical Center
2525 4th Avenue Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 794-0991

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The Bees and Butterflies LOVE the Hepticodium aka Seven Son Flower!

Heptacodium miconioides -- Seven Sons Flower -- provides beautiful, sweetly fragrant cascades of sparkling white flowers in late summer. For many plants this would be the highlight, but this is only the beginning of this rare tree's spectacular drama. Flowers soon transform into fruits surrounded by large, glowing red and purple calyces more gorgeous than the flowers -- an effect that lasts 4 to 5 weeks (well into late fall), increasing even further when the prominently veined leaves turn a gorgeous purple.

This eye-catching delight grows rapidly to about 15 feet. Adaptable to sun or shade, although best color is achieved when planted in sun. Whitish, exfoliating young bark turns rich brown at maturity, giving rise to its nickname "The Crepe Myrtle of the North"!

Hours of Operation

April 1 – October 31
10am – 5pm Monday through Saturday (open late Tuesday night until 7pm)
11pm – 5pm Sunday

Easter noon-3pm
Memorial Day - 10am-2pm
Labor Day 10am-2pm

November 1 – March 31
10am – 4pm Monday through Saturday (open late Tuesday night until 7pm)
11am – 4pm Sunday

Closed Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve Day Open 10am-2pm
Closed Christmas Day
Open New Years Eve Day 10am-2pm
Closed New Years Day
Easter noon-3pm


General Admission (non-event dates)
$6.00 Adults (16 years and older)
$5.00 Seniors (60+) and Military
$4.00 Youth, ages 6 to 15
$2.00 Children, ages 2 to 5
Toddlers ages 2 and under are free!

Quad City Botanical Center Members enjoy free general admission for a full year.
Learn more about our membership options on our Membership Page.

Special Event Admission
The Quad City Botanical Center hosts many fun and unique Special Events throughout the year with variable pricing. General admission rates do not apply on special event tickets. Click here to learn about upcoming events!

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The Quad City Botanical Center is a grateful beneficiary of the Quad City Cultural Trust