Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' with green foliage in a 3-gallon container.
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' with red fall color in a 3-gallon container
Young Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' in 1-gallon pots.
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' with red fall color in a 1-gallon container

Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' (Sweetspire) Unity Grown

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Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' is a common cultivar of sweetspire, a compact arching shrub with bottle brush-type flowers, that is well regarded for its profuse flowering and intense fall colors. Although 'Henry's Garnet' is an excellent lime to emerald green color in the spring and summer, cooler temperatures induce an excellent color change to intense maroon, burgundy, and garnet red hues.

Beyond its colorful fall appeal, 'Henry's Garnet' is also well regarded for its fragrant and showy bottle brush flowers, which drape delicately from the shrub's many stems. Slender clusters of fragrant white flowers add to the multi-seasonal show and have the added benefit of attracting all sorts of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, among other pollinators. 'Henry's Garnet' sweetspire thrives in full to part-sun conditions and tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions as long as the soil is kept moist and well-draining.

Native to Eastern Shore, Native to Maryland, and Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Sun (6+ hours), Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun), Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun), and Sun to Shade-Wide Tolerance
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet and Well-drained
Soil Type: Average and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: White
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Fragrant, Fall Color, Winter Interest, and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Shade Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, and Wet Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Rain Garden, Woodland Garden, Container, Wetland Restoration, Foundation Planting, and Border/Screen

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