'Henry's Garnet' Virginia sweetspire

Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'

Photo/Illustration: 
Bailey Nurseries
Photo/Illustration: 
Janet M. Jemmott
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'Henry's Garnet' Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet')
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Genus:  Itea
'Henry's Garnet' Virginia sweetspire is a very dependable, showy plant. It is an arching, 3- to 5-foot-tall shrub that holds its leaves well into fall, allowing the maroon, yellow, and orange tones to develop and reveal themselves over time. Virginia sweetspire also produces an early-summer show, featuring slender, drooping racemes of white flowers that attract all sorts of pollinating insects. Its suckering, slowly spreading, 6-foot-wide habit makes it a good choice for slopes and mass plantings.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Beautiful fall color and nice early-summer flowers.
Care:  Provide full sun to light shade and wet to moderately dry soil. It is adaptable to clay soil.
Problems:  Nothing serious.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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