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Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire

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Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Sprich’)A compact spreading version of this native shrub which features extremely long and narrow panicles of white flowers in early summer, consistently reddish-purple fall color; good for the garden or for naturalizing, spreads to form small colonies

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Itea
Species:
virginica
Cultivar:
Sprich
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
in early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
burgundy
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
spreading
Density:
dense
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire has racemes of fragrant white flowers at the ends of the branches in early summer. It has green deciduous foliage. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. The purple stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire is a dense spreading deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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