• Itea ilicifolia
  • Itea ilicifolia
  • Itea ilicifolia
  • Itea ilicifolia
    Itea ilicifolia

Itea ilicifolia

Hollyleaf Sweetspire, Holly-Leaved Sweetspire
Size: ex 4L tall pots - Large plants

Availability: In stock

£15.99

Quick Overview

  • Unusual long pendulous catkin-like racemes
  • Greenish-white fragrant flowers
  • Evergreen foliage
  • Tolerates shade
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Description

Itea ilicifolia, Hollyleaf Sweetspire is a choice hardy evergreen shrubby tree from Western and Central China where it grows in montane forests and along streams to elevations of 1500-1700 m. It has elegant elongated pendulous racemes of greenish-white flowers that have a sweet honey-vanilla fragrance and hang down in a graceful weeping fashion throughout the summer. The foliage is dark leathery green, paler on the undersides and very reminiscent visually of a holly if somewhat softer and less spiny.

Itea ilicifolia is one of those plants that deserves to be grown more and yet one rarely encounters. It has evergreen foliage, extremely showy and graceful flowers, a sweet perfume and it tolerates shade. An unusual and richly rewarding plant.

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Additional Information

Order Saxifragales
Family Iteaceae
Sub-Family No
Synonyms No
Geographical Origin China: Guizhou, W Hubei, SW Shaanxi, E Sichuan
Cultivation Warm, sheltered aspect in sun to partial shade. Ideal against a south-facng wall. Slightly acidic, moist but well-drained humus-rich soil
Eventual Height 4m
Eventual Spread 3m
Hardiness Hardy down to about -15C

Itea ilicifolia

Hollyleaf Sweetspire, Holly-Leaved Sweetspire
Size: ex 4L tall pots - Large plants

Availability: In stock

£15.99
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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