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Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' - Virginia Sweetspire
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Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'

Virginia Sweetspire

Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' commonly called Virginia Sweetspire, is an erect, rounded, broad-spreading, deciduous shrub with arching branches. Typically grows 3-4' tall with a similar spread. Features fragrant, large white flowers borne in cylindrical, drooping blooms which cover the shrub in late spring to early summer. Oval, dark green leaves turn varying shades of red, orange and gold in autumn. Long period of fall color, with leaves often persisting on the plants until early winter. 


A versatile shrub for sun and shade. Perfect in woodland gardens where it prefers the acidic soils and muted light of canopies overhead. A great candidate for wildlife friendly gardens composed of native plants of all kinds. Mass for a shrubby ground cover effect. Naturalizes well in wild or informal areas. Also a good selection for wet locations such as low spots or pond/stream margins.

Virginia Sweetspire Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Adaptable to shade. Prefers moist soil but tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. 

Height:

36-48 in

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Spread:

48-60 in

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Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Attributes
Border or Bed
Mass Planting
Cut Flower
Naturalizing
Focal Point
Specimen
Fragrant
Great Foliage
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