Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica Little Henry®)

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Little Henry®
Cultivar name: 'Sprich'
General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Plant Spread: 24 - 36 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Uses: Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Flood Resistant
Drought tolerant
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP: 10988

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jul 20, 2012 1:31 PM

I have had this plant in my mixed border for 10+ years and it is 26'' tall. The flowers smell sweet and attract many insects, including butterflies.
Occasionally a new shoot will grow from the roots a couple feet away from the parent plant, easy to cut and transplant for more beautiful bushes.
Great fall color.
Prefers moist soil but once established will grow fine in average garden .

Native to North America, found in swampy boggy areas

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 14, 2018 12:38 PM

'Little Henry' is a compact form of Virginia Sweetspire that has smaller, narrower leaves and smaller flower clusters and more slender stems. Many conventional nurseries sell this cultivar as the second most used cultivar after 'Henry's Garnet.' Most nurseries say it will get to 3 to 4 feet high, but one I planted in a church front yard in southeast Pennsylvania about 8 or 10 years ago bought from a conventional nursery, is now almost 6 feet high and around 8 feet wide. It looks good and is working out, but it is bigger than I thought it would get. (The mother species is usually 5 to 10 feet high and wider.) Give even dwarf or compact cultivars enough time and many will get bigger than expected.

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