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Itea ilicifolia

Holly-leaf sweetspire

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  • Itea ilicifolia | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Itea ilicifolia | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018

Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height2.5m to 4m
  • Spread2m to 3m
  • Growth HabitArching bushy
  • Flower ColourYellow green-cream
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Itea ilicifolia (Holly-leaf sweetspire). This species is a bushy evergreen shrub, with a height and spread of 3m. The leaves are borne on arching branches and they resemble those of the holly. In late summer to early autumn it will bear long racemes of small greenish or cream flowers.

Characteristics

Semi-evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

W.China

Interest and use

Specimen Summer interest.

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  • Itea ilicifolia | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Itea ilicifolia | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018

Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Propagation

Propagation is by softwood cuttings in the summer.

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