Itea virginica


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  • Native to North America
  • Shade tolerant
  • Fragrant

A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® best-seller, Little Henry® sweetspire is a versatile native shrub that grows in full sun to full shade and thrives in moist soils. Lightly scented, pure white flowers shoot like fireworks from the glossy foliage in summer. Just a fraction of the size of conventional Itea, its mounded, compact stature makes it an improvement over older varieties such as the 'Henry's Garnet'.

Awards Top Selection, Ohio Plant Selection Committee

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun, Shade

Height 2 - 3'

Width 2 - 3'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Early summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

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 Prune to shape after flowering.

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.