Itea 'Henry's Garnet'
Itea 'Henry's Garnet'

Itea 'Henry's Garnet'

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Sweetspire
Hardiness Zone: 5-9S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jun-Jul
Height: 3-5' Spacing: 4'
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: ONE GALLON POT
Fragrance: Yes

Product Details

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'Henry's Garnet' bears fragrant white flowers in summer and turns a showstopping scarlet to crimson in autumn. An excellent addition to the shrub border, it can also be planted along foundations or in groups, where their striking fall foliage can create a fiery season finale.

The genus Itea has ten species of deciduous or evergreen shrubs, the hardiest and most useful of which is our low-growing native with a rounded form and a suckering habit, Itea virginica. It throws racemes of sweetly scented white flowers in early summer and follows up with a brilliant display of red fall color. Although found in moist, even soggy, soils in the wild, it is quite drought tolerant in cultivation; the only thing it can't abide is highly alkaline soil.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Growing guide

Growing guide

Latin Name Pronunciation: it'-ee-ah 

This popular shrub, known for its fragrant flowers, is found in woodlands and along stream banks growing in the wild. It is one of the easiest shrubs to grow, tolerating a range of conditions and requiring little pruning, and is a great plant for massing on banks or in borders. May be semi-evergreen in Zones 8 and 9.

Light/Watering: Sweetspire can be grown in full sun or partial shade, although fall foliage color is most intense on plants grown in full sun and sited where leaves are illuminated by side or back light. Prefers average to wet soil, yet surprisingly tolerant of drought once established.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Sweetspire is very adaptable but will thrive in moist, fertile soil.

Pests/Diseases: Seldom has disease or pest problems.


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