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Little Henry® Sweetspire Itea virginica

(31 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Full Shade
  • Part Shade to Shade
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun
  • Sun or Shade

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
36" 36"
Height
24 - 36"
Spread
24 - 36"

This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 9

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
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    Features

    As colorful as burning bush, but native to North America and pollinator friendly!

    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'. It is also a delightful addition to the mixed border. Then when you're not expecting anything more, 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.

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

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    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: 
    Full Shade
    Light Requirement: 
    Part Shade to Shade
    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    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: 

    Thrives in moist, wet areas, but once established, can tolerate dry conditions. Not fussy about soil pH. Will grow in shade, but flowering and fall color improves when the plant gets at least some sun each day. 

    May be pruned after blooming if required. In colder areas, sweetspire may experience a bit of weather damage coming out of winter, so prune any dead wood out after new growth has begun. 

    If desired, fertilize in spring with a granular fertilizer formulated for trees and shrubs, like a rose fertilizer.

    Little Henry® Itea virginica 'Sprich' USPP 10,988
  • 31 Reviews

    • I just planted it this season so I will have to update my review on its performance once it is established. But OH MY WORD! The fall color on this plant is brilliant. Orange, green and red leaves all at once. I admire it daily as I walk past it and it feels like it is different every day. I would re-purchase based on the fall interest alone. I plan to buy at least three more.

      Sarah-Beth roach
      California
      United States
      46 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • I just planted it this season so I will have to update my review on its performance once it is established. But OH MY WORD! The fall color on this plant is brilliant. Orange, green and red leaves all at once. I admire it daily as I walk past it and it feels like it is different every day. I would re-purchase based on the fall interest alone. I plan to buy at least three more.

      Sarah-Beth roach
      California
      United States
      46 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • I love the look of this plant. It is a standout in the garden. I purchased mine toward the end of the year. I have very good soil at my home. I am in zone 5a. It was not a harsh winter but it did not survive the winter. I would consider trying it again because we all know sometimes it is a hit or miss in terms of plants surviving.

      Melissa Spino
      Michigan
      United States
      1 year ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • Was delivered healthy and packaged very well. I've seen some new growth in the month or so since planted. I'm starting to see some of the red fall color!

      Trisha
      North Carolina
      United States
      2 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Planted Little Henry last fall. Had beautiful red Foliage until first hard frost. This year Henry Is blooming and starting to increase in Size. He's planted in a alkaline soil with some shade. I'm in zone 5, mid Missouri. I've bought 2 more to put a nice arc around my Bed.

      Arlene Stayton
      Missouri
      United States
      3 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

      kent gaya
      Michigan
      United States
      4 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Lexie Brodersen
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

      Rhonda Hughes
      Indiana
      United States
      6 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

      Sylvia Hindi
      7 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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.

      Sylvia Hindi
      7 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
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