Itea grows best in a slightly acidic, fertile soil with adequate moisture, however, it will tolerate some adverse conditions, like full sun to full shade. In June and July, sweetspire bears lovely spikes of fragrant, white blossoms. If needed, prune these early summer flowering shrubs soon after they have bloomed. I purchased mine toward the end of the year. It has green foliage throughout the season. poor fall color. ‘Saturnalia’ - reportedly more shrub-like, less thicket forming, and maturing to a … The fruit is not ornamentally significant. It is great for mass plating and works wonderfully as a border plant. Gorgeous little plant. The foliage of the Little Henry Sweetspire is stunning. Is blooming and starting to increase in Type: Deciduous shrub Family: Iteaceae Zone: 5 to 9 Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet Spread: 2.00 to 2.50 feet Bloom Time: June to July Bloom Description: White Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium to wet Maintenance: Low Suggested Use: Hedge, Rain Garden. About Little Henry® Sweetspire. It prefers moist soils and will tolerate wet conditions. Then along comes fall. Use it in massed plantings, mixed borders, and containers. Will grow in shade, but flowering and fall color improves when the plant gets at least some sun each day. Thanks for joining me today. They open from the bottom up for a long-lasting display. Fragrant small flowers that collectively grow into tube-like shapes cover the shrub in early spring to late summer. Best all around shrub in my opinion. This plant in flower or in fall color is a dazzler, and also a butterfly magnet. This spring the flowers were scant because of a late frost, but it began to color up for fall in August, and last year, the leaves stayed on the plant for an extended period, some right into spring. What is not to love??? Description. The thick foliage creates a rounded appearance, especially as stems arch with height. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Close-up of 'Little Henry' scarlet leaves in the fall. I've seen some new growth in the month or so since planted. Back to Previous Page. I would re-purchase based on the fall interest alone. It was not a harsh winter but it did not survive the winter. 'Little Henry' Virginia Sweetspire Fall Foliage Color The foliage of 'Little Henry' Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Little Henry') colors up in attractive red tones before that the leaves drop. Orange, green and red leaves all at once. In colder areas, sweetspire may experience a bit of weather damage coming out of winter, so prune any dead wood out after new growth has begun. Sweetspire usually grows three to five feet tall, although it may be taller and leggier in moist or shaded areas. Little Henry™ Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Sprich'): Compact, 3 to 4 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide; 3 to 4 inch flower spikes, and burgundy-red fall color. Prune the plant to improve the shape and reduce its size but, be careful not to remove more than 30% of the top growth. Itea virginica Little Henry® (Virginia Sweetspire) is a small, compact, deciduous shrub boasting bottlebrush spikes of lightly fragrant, creamy-white flowers in late spring to early summer. View of entire Little Henry Sweetspire shrub. It will grow in full sun to full shade, and requires little pruning or other maintenance. Except for fertilization and minor pruning, this plant is maintenance-free. Yes, Fall is here! This is a good plant for woodland gardens or at the front of the mixed border. Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice, Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations. The foliage is almost a translucent red with shades from deep red to a brighter orange-red. Little Henry® Sweetspire delights with soft fragrance, summer blooms, and gorgeous fall foliage. Itea ‘Henry’s Garnet’ White flowers along 6” spikes are lightly fragrant, blooming in June and July. Once established it can tolerate drought. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Lush green foliage transforms to fiery red in fall to set your autumn garden ablaze with color. I love the look of this plant. Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. This low growing shrub has slightly fragrant white flowers and red fall color. They take a little longer than other shrubs to fully leaf out, so don't prune for winter damage until late April. Leaves stay on the plant into December. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The unique fragrant blooms appear early in the summer with its foliage changing from green to oranges and reds in the fall. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. Fall foliage turns deep burgundy. Planted Little Henry last fall. Little Henry® - Sweetspire - Itea virginica sun or shade, fall color 3 ft. deer resistant Landscaping Plants White Plants Proven Winners Native Plants Shrubs Shade Plants Plants Flowers Trees And Shrubs Little Henry® - Sweetspire - Itea virginica Fizzy Mizzy® has great fall foliage, too, but what really makes it distinctive is the abundant spikes of white flowers in summer. Itea virginica 'Little Henry' Sweetly scented, white flowers and brilliant reddish-purple fall color on a compact, mounded habit. Little Henry® Sweetspire Growing and Maintenance Tips. Like the popular ‘Henry’s Garnet’ Virginia sweetspire, Little Henry® has mildly fragrant white blooms in summer and red to orange leaf color in fall, but grows to just 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. I would consider trying it again because we all know sometimes it is a hit or miss in terms of plants surviving. You may experience yellow, spotted and dropping leaves. https://www.flickr.com/photos/umdarboretumandbotanicalgarden/5233098364 I am in zone 5a. -Allan Armitage, Plants to know and grow, Fine Gardening issue #121 ‘Little Henry’™ (‘Sprich’, PP#10,988) is a Proven Winners® selection that grows to only 2 to 3 feet tall and wide with pure white flowers. Good choice for naturalizing in moist areas. Little Henry has lightly scented, pure white flowers that shoot like fireworks in the early summer horizon. Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire is a small flowering shrub with beautiful shoots of pure-white scented flowers all summer long. Best in moist, fertile soil. Click here for more information on plant container sizes. Virginia Sweetspire 'Sprich' LITTLE HENRY (Itea virginica) is an upright short shrub. Karen Chapman October 1, 2012. On older plants some of the heaviest cains can be removed to increase vigor. -Allan Armitage, Plants to know and grow, Fine Gardening issue #121 Find locations near you that offer Proven Winners products. The form is typically arching and spreading. A Proven Winners ® ColorChoice ® best-seller, Little Henry ® sweetspire is a versatile native shrub that grows in full sun to full shade and thrives in moist soils. Great for grouping and for massing on large banks, in beds, and perennial and shrub borders. Email. The flowers are so profuse that they literally cover the shrub. I gave this a 5 for magnificent fall color and for hardiness. © 2020 Proven Winners North America LLC. I plan to buy at least three more. Michael Dirr visited the Swarthmore campus one autumn and noticed Itea virginica plants with very showy red-burgundy foliage. He's planted in a alkaline soil with some shade. Little Henry ® - low growing, 2-4 ft (0.6-1.2 m) tall, spreading, flower clusters 10 cm long, fall color from red-purple, orange, to yellow. The shrub has a rounded habit and produces cylindrical drooping flowers (racemes) from late spring to mid-summer. sweetspire.henry.hedge1.JPG. The Little Henry Sweetspire appears to have it all! Took a while for me to decide where I wanted it. Replace with 'Little Henry' Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Sprich'). We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail. Thrives in moist, wet areas, but once established, can tolerate dry conditions. 'Little Henry' turns a beautiful scarlet in the fall. Be inspired with our Gardener's Idea Book and Winner's Circle® newsletter, Little Henry® - Sweetspire - Itea virginica. 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