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Itea - Little Henry Sweetspire

Scientific Name: Itea virginica
Best Planted In Zone: 5-9


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Little Henry Sweetspire is an erect, rounded, broad spreading deciduous shrub. Tiny white flowers in cylindrical drooping racemes cover the shrub with bloom in late spring to early summer. At maturity, it can grow to 1 1/2 - 2 feet in height with a spread between 2 - 2 1/2 feet, it is considered a dwarf. The lush green foliage which adopts wonderful shades of orange and red in the fall. USDA ZONES: Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most PlantMeGreen trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need. Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.
Itea Little Henry deciduous shrubs thrive in full sun (but they are adaptable to shade). Easy to maintain; water needs are average to high but drought tolerance is high once established. If pruning, do so after they flower. Most moist soils are ok , clay and humusy soils are best-- adding a layer of mulch when planting is ideal. They are found in abundance at homes all around the midwest to east, and are cold hardy in USDA zones 3-8. When fertilizing, do so in the early spring using a slow-release type formulated for trees and shrubs.

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