Red fall color of Itea Henry's Garnet in home landscape Close up of faded red fall foliage of Itea Henry's Garnet Mounded red Itea Henry's Garnet near shaker sided struture in fall

‘Henry’s Garnet’

Sweetspire

Itea virginica

'Henry's Garnet'

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Red fall color of Itea Henry's Garnet in home landscape Close up of faded red fall foliage of Itea Henry's Garnet Mounded red Itea Henry's Garnet near shaker sided struture in fall
  • Native to North America
  • Shade tolerant
  • Fragrant
Description

'Henry's Garnet' sweetspire was selected at the Scott Arboretum for its superior foliage color, flower size, and habit. A very adaptable and useful plant for gardens and landscapes, especially those with wet soils.

Awards Kentucky Theodore Klein Award

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun, Shade

Height 3 - 4'

Width 4 - 5'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Early summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Itea thrives in moist to wet soils but is surprisingly tolerant of normal and dry conditions as well - especially once established. Adaptable to pH.

Pruning Itea blooms on old wood so should only be pruned post-flowering. In cold climates, stems may experience some winter damage. This can be pruned off as needed once growth begins.

Uses Mass plantings; wildlife and woodland gardens; specimen; mixed borders; landscaping.

Growing Tips Though flowering and fall foliage color is best with at least some sun, itea is one of the most shade tolerant flowering shrubs. May have some dieback in cold climates - mulch and/or site in protected areas in zones 5 and 6.