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Little Henry® Sweetspire Itea virginica

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Sun or Shade
  • Season
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 24 - 36 Inches
$16.99
Size: Quart
$39.99
Size: One Gallon
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Little Henry® Sweetspire Itea virginica
Sun or Shade 24 - 36

Features

Fragrant white summer flowers attract butterflies. Bright red fall foliage. Deer resistant. Native.

Fragrant Flower
Fall Interest
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Bog Plant
Attracts: 
Butterflies
Resists: 
Deer
Native to North America
Small or Minature

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spacing: 
36 - 44 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Flower Colors: 
White
Flower Shade: 
White
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Mounded
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun or Shade
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Great for grouping and for massing on large banks, in beds, and perennial and shrub borders. This is a good plant for woodland gardens or at the front of the mixed border. Its small size makes it perfect for smaller borders and beds.

Maintenance Notes: 

Best if planted in moist, wet areas. Once established they will become drought tolerant. Adaptable to a range of pH. Best if pruned immediately after blooming. High moisture, native to swampy and boggy areas. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application. Fall color will be more pronounced in full sun.

If burning bush has good fall color then this plant is a wildfire!

Little Henry is a useful native plant with lots of potential for the home landscape. It prefers moist soils and will tolerate wet conditions. It will grow in full sun to full shade, and requires little pruning or other maintenance. Little Henry has lightly scented, pure white flowers that shoot like fireworks in the early summer horizon. Its mounded, compact stature makes it an improvement over older varieties such as the old favorite 'Henry's Garnet'. Maturing at less than 3 feet tall, it is suitable for flooding large banks with mass plantings. It is also a delightful addition to the mixed border. Then when you're not expecting anything more from this little wonder its green summer foliage changes to a brilliant multitude of oranges and reds in the fall, making Little Henry a rewarding experience through out all seasons.

Little Henry® Itea virginica 'Sprich' USPP 10,988
  • had no luck with 6 of these. never bloomed. poor fall color. planted in partial shade.
    had plenty of water
    dug them up after 5 years and threw them out.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    kent gaya
    Bloomfield Hills
    Michigan
    United States
    17 weeks ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Lexie Brodersen
    1 year ago
  • Gorgeous little plant. Loaded with fragrant blooms every spring which last into summer - always evoking comments from visitors. Equally as pretty in the fall with it's bright orange foliage. Except for fertilization and minor pruning, this plant is maintenance-free.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Rhonda Hughes
    Indianapolis
    Indiana
    United States
    2 years ago
  • I bought a Little Henry Itea for a shady area between a white pine tree and a Heritage Birch. It gets about 3 hours of afternoon sun. It is not doing very well. Last year it looked really scraggly and didn't bloom. The two frost/freezes we had this spring took a toll on it as well as many other plants. The ground is moist in the spring and dries out usually in August when I water the plants in that area. I used a slow release fertilizer on it last spring. I'd like to know if I should move it to a more sunny area and/or how to amend our alkaline soil to help it survive.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Sylvia Hindi
    3 years ago
  • I bought a Little Henry Itea for a shady area between a white pine tree and a Heritage Birch. It gets about 3 hours of afternoon sun. It is not doing very well. Last year it looked really scraggly and didn't bloom. The two frost/freezes we had this spring took a toll on it as well as many other plants. The ground is moist in the spring and dries out usually in August when I water the plants in that area. I used a slow release fertilizer on it last spring. I'd like to know if I should move it to a more sunny area and/or how to amend our alkaline soil to help it survive.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Sylvia Hindi
    3 years ago
  • Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Doris Gregory-Evans
    3 years ago
  • Originally I had this plant in a shaded part of the garden and it didn't do too well, however in spring of 2011 I moved it into the sun and it's become one of my favourite plants in the garden!
    Unfortunately where I placed it isn't doing justice to the wonderful fall colours now showing so it looks like amove to a better position might be happening in the spring.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Angela
    3 years ago
  • In my garden (zone 4b canada) never saw any flower yet.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Mona Larochelle
    Quebec
    Canada
    4 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Russell Studebaker
    Illinois
    United States
    4 years ago
  • no flowers after 2 years . no good fall color. planted in partial to full shade.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    kent gaya
    Michigan
    United States
    4 years ago
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