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Little Henry® Sweetspire Itea virginica

Flower Season
  • Summer
Mature Size
3' 3' 91cm 91cm
Height: 2' - 3'
Spread: 2' - 3'
Height: 61cm - 91cm
Spread: 61cm - 91cm
  • Details

    24 - 36 Inches
    36 - 44 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    61cm - 91cm
    91cm - 1.1m
    61cm - 91cm


    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
    Native to North America
    Small or Miniature


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
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    Garden Height: 
    24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cm
    36 - 44 Inches 91cm - 1.1m
    24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cm
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Full Shade
    Light Requirement: 
    Part Shade to Shade
    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
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    Light Requirement: 
    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).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
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    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
  • 49 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I ordered this plant from proven winners along with other 10 plants over month and a half and the plant won’t grow past the point i received it on. I water them daily. I also had a second package that was delivered to me but was not found when I got home. I called proven winners and they wouldn’t assist me with that anymore, said it was a matter for the police now. I’m a little too disappointed to have ordered over $300 in plants and I can’t even tell they made a difference in my garden. I was so looking forward to my garden but this has made me so disappointed. Don’t buy online, I recommend going to a nursery and picking out healthy plants on your own.

      Adan Arizmendi
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 46 weeks ago
    • I planted this spring. So far, the plant is doing very well. However, I did not get any blooms this year. Looking forward to hopefully having blooms next year.

      Mavis Jones
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Definitely loved by the deer and it colonizes out of control. Nice plant for an area you want to be filled in away from the house where deer are not a problem.

      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I planted two of the LIttle Henry shrubs in a western exposure that gets afternoon sun and heat. It is a lovely shrub and is doing well (I make sure that it gets enough water, especially during this year's drought) except that it has chlorosis. In spite of the information that says it is not picky about pH conditions, it needs iron to do well in SE Wisconsin, where we have lime based soil. I am adding an iron product to the soil and hope that it improves the health of the plants.

      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Best all around shrub in my opinion. Does well in sun or shade, dry or wet soil, all types of soil (normal, clay or sandy) & nice red fall color! Also only grows to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide, so it can be placed in almost any corner of the landscape without overcrowding other plants! What is not to love???

      Jeffrey Doerrman
      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • I bought 2 Itea quart-size in 2015 when we first moved to our house, located on a windy mountain, zone 6, and on heavy, wet Virginia clay. They were both planted on a small slope, with sun until early afternoon, and have been absolutely great the entire time. No problems, no diseases, not fussy at all and both have grown to 3'x3' with plenty of flowers and great Fall color. If I had more room in the garden I'd definitely buy more.

      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • 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
      , 5 years ago
    • 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!

      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
    • 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
      , 7 years ago
    • Lexie Brodersen
      , 9 years ago
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