Genus: Sweetspire

Itea

Sweetspire (Itea)
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Grossulariaceae
A small genus of 10 or so shrubs and small trees in the gooseberry family. The evergreens have glossy, holly-like foliage, while the deciduous species have showy fall color. The flowers resemble dangling bottlebrushes or catkins.
Noteworthy characteristics:  I. virginica is native to the eastern U.S.
Care:  Provide full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil.  Itea will not tolerate drought.
Propagation: 

Sow fresh seed in containers outdoors; root greenwood cuttings in spring, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Problems: 

Infrequent.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Itea

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'Henry's Garnet' Virginia sweetspire
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'
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Little Henry® Virginia sweetspire
Itea virginica 'Sprich'