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Itea virginica Little Henry® (Virginia Sweetspire)

Virginia Sweetspire Little Henry®, Sweet Spire Little Henry®, Tassel-White Little Henry®, Virginia Willow Little Henry®, Virginian Willow Little Henry®, Itea virginica 'Sprich'


Itea virginica Little Henry® (Virginia Sweetspire) is a small, compact, deciduous shrub boasting bottlebrush spikes of lightly fragrant, creamy-white flowers in late spring to early summer. The flowers are so profuse that they literally cover the shrub. The foliage of oval, dark green leaves warms up to brilliant shades of oranges and reds in the fall for a long-lasting display. Perfect for full sun or shade, Virginia Sweetspire rewards gardeners with three seasons of interest while requiring little care. Great for massing on large banks, in beds, perennial and shrub borders.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm).
  • A full sun, part shade or full shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium to wet, slightly acid, well-drained soils. Clay and wet soil tolerant.
  • A versatile shrub for shrub borders, open woodland gardens, foundations or hedges. Can be massed to create a pretty ground cover. Perfect for wet soils near ponds and streams.
  • Promptly remove root suckers unless naturalized look is desired
  • Virtually disease and pest free.
  • Prune immediately after flowering. Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 6, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams, Wall-Side Borders

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 6, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams, Wall-Side Borders

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