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Little Henry® Sweetspire

Description

  • Fragrant white flowers in attract pollinators to your landscape.
  • Glorious, glowing fall color!
  • Grows in shade and wet soil.
  • Very heat tolerant native shrub.
  • Zones 5-9, sun/part sun/shade, 3' tall x 3' wide at maturity.
Zone 5-9
Light part sun/sun/shade
medium

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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

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Description Little Henry® sweetspire (Itea virginica) was one of the very first Proven Winners shrubs – and its popularity shows no signs of abating. It’s no wonder: this very handsome native shrub has glossy, leathery foliage all season, and elegant white flower spikes in early summer. They give off a sweet-spicy fragrance you’ll look forward to every year. But the show doesn’t stop there. Come autumn, the foliage turns a dazzling array of red and burgundy, creating a carpet of color. Little Henry is a dwarf version of our native sweetspire, growing shorter and more compact than wild types. It should be given plenty of room, however, as once it is established in proper conditions, it spreads to form a lush colony. It’s one of the best flowering shrubs for shade! Grows well in wet soils, too. Details Botanical name: Itea virginica 'Sprich'
Patent #: USPP 10,988
Common name: Sweetspire, Virginia sweetspire, Itea
Zone: 5-9
Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) , part-sun (4-6 hours sun), shade (<4 hours sun). Can take full shade, but flowering and fall color will be diminished.
Height x width: 2-3' tall and wide
Flower color: White
Foliage color: Green
Season of Interest: Early summer to autumn
Uses: Hedge, native plant gardens, wildlife gardens, ground cover.
How To Grow Soil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Established sweetspire can take some dryness.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day), part-sun (4-6 hrs/day), shade (<4 hours sun). Can grow in full shade, but flowering will be diminished, and fall color will not be as vivid.
Water: Average.
Space: Plant at least 3' apart.
Fertilizing: Little needed. If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. A second application may be made in late spring/early summer as well.
Winterizing: Nothing special required, aside from a good 2-3" layer of mulch. Mulch is especially important in zones 5 and 6.
Maintenance & Pruning: Blooms on old wood, so should only be pruned after bloom. Dead wood can be removed in spring, once new growth has begun to emerge and it's clear where any dieback may have occurred.
 

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S.E. (Virginia)
Idea Little Henry

Plants came packaged very well and in good condition. It took me awhile to figure out just where to plant but they acclimated well in the meantime. Can’t wait to watch them grow and support the nature in my backyard

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N.W. (Florida)
Little Henry Sweetspire is a Winner!

We love Little Henry Sweetspire for its great spring flowers and excellent fall color accent. Had a lot of success with it in DFW area and it is taking off in NE FL. Could not find at local nurseries so Great Garden Plants gave us access to this excellent specimen.

L
L.S. (Florida)
Gardening made easy

Beautiful plants so easy it order and plant. I’ve bought several plants and all arrived healthy. I will continue to order and enjoy my beautiful garden.

S
S.F. (Pennsylvania)

Little Henry® Sweetspire

A
A.B. (Texas)
Little Henry love

Little Henry is doing great. It is very cheerful and green. We are getting so much rain. I think he loves the weather.