• Itea Henrys Garnet Sweetspire Shrubs long white blooms
  • Itea Henry's Garnet Sweetspire Shrubs in a mulched garden
  • Itea Henrys Garnet Sweetspire Shrubs red fall foliage

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Itea Henry's Garnet

Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'

Words simply cannot do this stunning shrub justice...But Woodie is going to try. Woodie would describe this flowering shrub as a cascading waterfall of stunning beauty and seasonal flare. But don't just take it from Woodie...check out Itea Henry's Garnet shrub for yourself to understand the beauty and interest it can add to a landscape!

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Itea Henry's Garnet Sweetspire for Sale Online

Itea Henry’s Garnet (Itea Virginica) is a deciduous shrub that puts on a grand show with its seasonally color-changing foliage. The vigorous grower boasts fragrant white flowers in the spring and intense red-purple fall foliage that lasts well into the winter.

More commonly referenced as the Garnet Virginia Sweetspire, the Itea Henry’s Garnet is an award-winning plant that grows to be a 5 to 6-foot-tall shrub. The plants arching branches cascade with flowers and beauty adding a sense of elegance and grace to any garden.

Ideal conditions for these eye-catching shrubs includes partially shaded, dappled sunlight and wet soil. Henry's Garnet Virginia is relatively adaptable and will also tolerate conditions of full sun, full shade, and various soils.

These luscious deciduous shrubs are a gorgeous standout in the landscape and are prevalent in landscape borders, foundation plantings, hedges, and specimen focal points. These North American Native plants also look great in cottage style and woodland gardens.


Growzone: 5-9 Itea Henry's Garnet Hardiness Zones 5-9
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Mature Height: 4 to 5 feet
Mature width: 4 to 6 feet
Classification: Broad Leaved deciduous shrub, Summer flowering
Sunlight: Full Sun to Part Shade
Habit: Upright, great for naturalizing
Foliage: Dark Green
Flower Color: Fragrant pure white. 2 to 3 inches long.
Pruning Season: Prune in summer after flowering.
Soil Condition: Any well drained slightly acidic soil
Water Require: Water well until established.
Uses: Tolerates moist soil and partial shade or full sun. Full sun brings out the best fall color. Will adapt to drier sites. Spreads by suckers; remove them as they appear if you don’t want a colony.

How to Care for Itea Henry's Garnet

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!


Additional Information

Introduced to the nursery trade in 1982 by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. The original was part of a group of seedlings collected in Georgia and passed to the arboretum by Josephine Henry of Gladwyne, Pa. Dr. Michael Dirr suggested the arboretum name this particular seedling. Henry’s refers to Josephine Henry and Garnet refers to Swarthmore’s school color (not the shrub’s fall foliage).


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