Tree of Heaven

Tree of heaven has some beautiful and exotic seeds, and when I spotted them at the SF Flower Mart the other day, I knew I had to do a DIY with them. Since they have such tall and beautiful branches they make for a perfect large statement piece while still maintaining simplicity. I decided to mix them up with some lovely viburnum berries for color and texture and hydrangea paniculata for a little delicate touch. The great thing about this floral combination is that they all last quite a long time - at least for cut flowers. I think that the color palette is perfect for a late summer/early fall floral statement! Note: Tree of heaven has quite an interesting history. If you have the time, the wikipedia article is quite fascinating (in Chinese it is called literally 'foul smelling tree').

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Flowers: Tree of heaven (seeds), hydrangea paniculata, and viburnum (berries) Kiana Underwood /

Begin by arranging the tall tree of heaven branches - you can cut them at different lengths to lend a natural display throughout the arrangement. Kiana Underwood /

Add the viburnum where the lovely berries can best show themselves off. Kiana Underwood /

Finally, add the hydrangea - just enough so that their puffiness does not overwhelm the rest of the arrangement! Kiana Underwood /

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Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood