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Itea Scentlandia

Itea virginica

Itea Scentlandia are a brand new sweetspire shrub created to be an improved version of Little Henry. Their fragrant blossoms attract butterflies in the summer and their foliage turns a striking burgundy in the fall, making this plant a show-stopping addition to your landscape.

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Itea Scentlandia or Itea virginica is a deciduous native shrub with attractive rich red and purple autumn color and fragrant creamy-white flowers in July. Thrives in partially shaded woodland gardens. The flowers of the Itea Scentlandia are long-blooming and fragrant, attracting butterflies and other pollinators. They are easy to grow, low maintenance shrubs that look stunning as a border and have multi-season interest.

About Your Itea Scentlandia

Itea Scentlandia Shrubs has brilliant red-purple fall foliage color lasts into winter to make this a standout in the landscape. Slender clusters of fragrant white flowers add to the multi-seasonal show from this award winning plant. Thrives in the dappled sunlight under the canopy of larger trees and in natural woodland settings.


Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Mature Height: 2 to 3 Feet
Mature Width: 3 to 4 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.
Growzone: 5-9 Itea Scentlandia Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Itea Scentlandia

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Itea Scentlandia Shrubs that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Itea Scentlandia Shrubs to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occuring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.


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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