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Henry’s Garnet Virginia Sweetspire

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Henry’s Garnet Sweetspire
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

Henry's Garnet Sweetspire, Itea virginica, is a fast-growing North American native shrub that features fragrant white flowers in summer followed by bright red leaves in fall. Henry's Garnet performs well in sun or shade and tolerates both dry and wet soils making for a very easy to grow plant. It's ideal for use in natural, woodland and woodland border gardens, however can be used just about anywhere in the landscape where it's fragrant white flowers and brilliant fall color can be enjoyed.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 3-5 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide, Henry's Garnet Sweetspire is a perfect choice for adding elegance, fragrance, and color to just about any area of the landscape in garden beds or containers. It is ideal for use as an accent, in groupings, or as a natural hedge in sunny or shady landscape and flowering shrub borders or home foundation plantings. grows well even under large trees. A fine addition to butterfly and hummingbird gardens, cut flower gardens, or sunny woodland borders or shady woodland gardens.

Suggested Spacing:  3-4' for solid hedges;  8' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Henry's Garnet Sweetspire is very easy to grow is most any wet to moist but well-drained soil in sun or shade. Very little pruning is ever required, however, to reduce the size or shape of the plant prune just after the blooms have faded. Do not remove any more than 30% of the plant. On older plants some of the heaviest canes can be removed to increase vigor. 

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Plant Details


USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3-5"
Width at Maturity:  4-6"
Spacing:  3-4' for solid hedges;  8' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Arching, Rounded 
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  6" Long, 1" Wide 
Flowering Period:  May, June
Flower Type:  Spire
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No 
Berries:  -
Berry Color:  -
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun, Morning Sun w/Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Afternoon Sun w/Morning Shade, All Day Filtered Sun or Dappled Shade, Heavy Shade
Water Needs:  Average to Wet
Soil Type: Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt (amended)
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-Drained Moist to Boggy
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.0 (Moderately Acid to Neutral)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds
Resistances / Tolerances:  Drought, Insect, Disease, Mildew, Wet Soil, Heat



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