Virginia sweetspire will grow well in either sun or shade, although it is most attractive where it receives at least 6 hours of sun. Up to 15 x 10 feet Also known as Hollyleaf Sweetspire, Holly Leaved Sweetspire. The flowers are long catkins that can be nearly a foot long in spring. Generally disease free. Elliptic-oblong, glossy, rich green leaves (to 4 1/4" long and 2 1/4" wide) have prominent holly-like marginal spines. Plants flower on old wood, so if needed, prune soon after flowering. 2018-03-23. This delightful shrub has small, glossy green, 'holly-like' leaves and produces long, drooping, catkin-like, honey scented, greenish-white flowers during the summer and autumn. Sweetspire has no significant pests or diseases. is an accepted name . Cuttings can be taken from May to September. Flowers last for several weeks and are followed by light tan seed heads that persist into fall, providing contrast to the brilliant fall foliage. Karen Russ, Former HGIC Horticulture Specialist, Clemson University, Joey Williamson, PhD, HGIC Horticulture Extension Agent, Clemson University. Itea ilicifolia or Holly-leaved sweet spire is an evergreen shrub ideally grown against a wall or trellis. Close view of the dangling July racemes of the wall shrub / small tree, Itea ilicifolia. Angiosperms. Plants spread readily by suckering, especially in moist sites. Not as widely grown as it could be, this evergreen shrub has many uses - especially in a sheltered place. Scientific Name: Itea L. (Iteaceae) ilicifolia D. Oliver. Plants have a denser, more attractive habit when grown in sunnier sites. Mass plantings are usually more attractive than individual plants. Can be in berry for as long as 3 months. Sweetspire is semi-evergreen, and colored leaves will remain until temperatures fall below 15 to 20 °F. Growth rate is medium to fast especially in moist soil. Generally disease and pest free and requiring some pruning makes this Itea a low maintenance shrub, perfect for gardeners of all abilities. Prefers rich soil and regular summer water. Aug. 2m. Itea ilicifolia, commonly called holly-leaf sweetspire, is a narrow, upright, evergreen shrub that is native to woodland areas on alpine slopes, thickets, valleys and along streambanks in south central China.It typically matures to 8-12' tall. Description. Species. Some records include: fastest recorded growth rate - 2 feet; largest on record - 23 x 23 feet. Upright at first then spreading, Itea ilicifolia has glossy, dark green, holly like leaves and tiny greenish-white flowers borne in catkin-like hanging racemes, 30cm(12in) long from mid-summer to early autumn. Bees love it. suppliers. Sweetspire can be easily propagated by home gardeners by cuttings, or division. You will too in the background as a specimen or an effective screen. However, in the shrub category, there are one or two which seem positively to thrive, to glow even: the most obvious in our garden being the not-so-often-encountered Itea ilicifolia. It will grow well in USDA zones 6 to 9. Sweetspire usually grows three to five feet tall, although it may be taller and leggier in moist or shaded areas. Copyright © 2020 Clemson UniversityClemson Cooperative Extension | 103 Barre Hall Clemson, SC 29634864-986-4310 | Contact UsHGIC@clemson.edu, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, Centipedegrass Yearly Maintenance Program. Itea ilicifolia ( Hollyleaf Sweetspire ) A graceful, narrow, erect, evergreen shrub reaching up to around 13 feet that is native to western China. Media in category "Itea ilicifolia" The following 7 files are in this category, out of 7 total. RHS Garden Hyde Hall Spring and Orchid Show, Free entry to RHS members at selected Depending on the cultivar, they may be held erect, or drape gracefully over the foliage. Because of its suckering habit, sweetspire is useful for erosion control, particularly near streams or moist areas. Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) in bloom in May. Virginia sweetspire is considered deer resistant. Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings, Suggested planting locations and garden types Upright then spreading evergreen shrub. Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade, Propagation Itea Virginica 'Henry'S Garnet' from Burncoose Nurseries available online to buy - Information: cylindrical racemes of fragrant creamy-white flowers in June. No need to register, buy now! Join 1.5-2.5 metres, Time to ultimate height Prune the plant to improve the shape and reduce its size but, be careful not to remove more than 30% of the top growth. An evergreen shrub of bushy habit, said to attain a height of 18 ft occasionally in the wild, and already 6 to 12 ft high in this country; stems quite glabrous. 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