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Out of Season Little Henry Sweetspire
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Little Henry Sweetspire

Attracts Butterflies

Enjoy months of interest with this compact shrub. In late spring to early summer, fragrant white flowers blanket the plant and attract butterflies. As summer progresses into fall, the lustrous, dark green foliage turns a brilliant garnet red to scarlet. This deer-resistant, deciduous shrub grows 18-24 in. tall with a 24-36 in. spread. Performs best when planted in full sun to partial shade. Little Henry Sweetspire is now available in a gallon pot and shipping now. Potted. Zones 5-9. PP10988

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  • Botanical Name: Itea virginica 'Sprich' Little Henry PP10988
  • Height: 2 - 3 feet
  • Spacing: 3 - 3 1/2 feet
  • Depth: Set at the same level it is at in the container. Water well.
  • Spread: 2 1/2- 3 feet
  • Light Required: Full sun to partial shade
  • Color: Flowers are white with a strong, sweet scent
  • Foliage: Simple. elliptic 1 1/2"-3" long, 3/4"-1/4" wide. Lustrous dark green, turning brilliant garnet red to scarlet in the fall. Persistent and evergreen in southern climates
  • Blooms: June-July for several weeks
  • Fruit: Inconspicuous
  • Zone: 5 - 9 with protection
  • Form: Low, mounding, compact
  • Flower Form: 1/3"-1/2" diameter, borne in dense, semi-pendulous racemes 4"-6" long
  • Soil Requirements: Moisture-retentive, humus-enriched soil. Very tolerant of wet situations.
  • Growth Rate: Medium to fast once established, which takes approximately 6-8 weeks
  • Pruning: Prune only needed to eliminate damaged or dead branches.
  • Comments: Makes a distinctive display for many weeks with its prominent, scented panicles of flowers carried on gracefully arching bunches. This selection forms a low mound, with a compact stature that is perfectly suited for mass plantings in borders or naturalized areas. It is a dwarf version of the native species with better flowering and fall color. Adaptable to very wet soil and once established, adaptable to drought situations. Creates one of the most vibrant, long-lasting fall color displays.

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