‘Henry’s Garnet’ Virginia Sweetspire

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Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5a to 9b
‘Henry’s Garnet’ Virginia sweetspire is a compact native shrub with fragrant white flowers in the spring and brilliant reddish purple fall color that lasts into the winter. It grows well in wet soils but adjusts fine to average garden soils too. It is great for mass plantings, and it attracts butterflies.
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‘Little Henry’ Virginia Sweetspire
Woody Ornamentals - Flowering Shrubs
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 3 to 4 feet tall, 5 to 6 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Rounded
Features:   North American Native, Fall Foliage Color, Naturalizes Well
Drought Tolerant
Attracts:   Butterflies
Garden Ideas:   
Shade, Butterfly, Wildlife
Flower features:    Showy Flowers
White; 6 inch spikes that bloom in spring
Foliage type and color:    Deciduous, Dark Green
Crimson fall color
Landscape Uses:    Woodland edge, Erosion Control, Naturalizing, Pond’s edge (on higher, drier ground)
, Border, Mass Planting
‘Henry’s Garnet’ Virginia Sweetspire is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 3 to 4 feet tall, 5 to 6 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Medium
Spacing:   4-5 ft apart
Exposure:   Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering:   Wet
Soil Types:      Moist, well-drained
General Plant Care:    Care for your shrubs includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem or trunk. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Once in spring with a slow-release fertilizer recommended for this plant (shrub, tree) at a rate according to package directions.
General Pruning suggestions:    Spring-flowering shrubs and trees bloom on buds that formed on growth from the previous season, also known as “old wood.” Do not prune these plants in late winter or before they bloom in early spring! If you do, you will be cutting off the flower buds. If pruning is needed, do it in late spring, soon after the shrub has finished blooming. This will allow time for new growth and buds to form in late summer and fall, which will bear another season of blooms next spring.
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5a to 9b

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