virginica “Henry”s Garnet”
Known as- Virginia sweetspire
Grow Zone - 5 to 9
Type- Deciduous shrub
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 3 to 4 ft.
Span- 4 to 6 ft.
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium to wet
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet to wet, well-drained soil in full
sun to part shade. Adaptable to shade. Prefers damp, humusy soils, but
tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. Can spread to form colonies
by root suckering if left unchecked.
This Virginia sweetspire cultivar is an erect, rounded, deciduous shrub
which typically grows 3-4” tall. Features fragrant, tiny white flowers
borne in cylindrical, drooping racemes (3-6’ long) which cover the
shrub with bloom in early summer. Oval, dark green leaves (1-4’
long) turn an attractive garnet red in autumn, often persisting on the
shrub until December. Flowers (racemes larger) and fall color of this
cultivar are superior to that of the species.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Versatile shrub for sunny or shady areas of the shrub border or woodland
garden. Also a good specimen or foundation plant. Naturalizes well in
wild locations. Good for wet locations such as low spots or on the edges
of streams or ponds.