Itea virginica “Henry”s Garnet”
Plant Abstract

Known as- Virginia sweetspire
Grow Zone - 5 to 9
Type- Deciduous shrub
Familial- Grossulariaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
ht.- 3 to 4 ft.
Span- 4 to 6 ft.
Coloring- White
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.
Common Applications-
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.