Henry's Garnet Virginia Sweetspire

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Offering spring fragrance, summer structure, and fall color, classic 'Henry's Garnet' Virginia Sweetspire is a hardworking semi-compact native shrub that delights throughout the seasons. Long cylindrical clusters of sweetly fragrant white blossoms cover the arching branches from late spring to early summer, attracting pollinators, hummingbirds, and songbirds.The foliage turns to deep garnet red, for lasting color into late fall. (Itea)
Zones 5 - 9
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Good For Hedge / Screen
Easy To Grow
Low Maintenance
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 36-48" tall , 48-72" wide (4-6 feet)
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
(36-48” tall x 48-72” wide) Suitable for hedging, borders, or as a stand-alone specimen, 'Henry's Garnet' Virginia Sweetspire is a must-have shrub for native enthusiasts, as well as gardeners who value plants that work hard all through the growing season. 'Henry's Garnet' breaks bud early in the spring and suckers prolifically, making it a fine choice for low deciduous hedging in a full sun to partial shade position. In late spring, fragrant white panicles cover this lovely native shrub and attract a diverse group of pollinators for several weeks. Attractive seed heads persist against strong green foliage throughout the summer; but as cooler weather prevails, the foliage of 'Henry's Garnet' Virginia Sweetspire turns a deep, garnet red, accented with hues of gold and orange. Easy to grow with no serious pest or disease issues, it’s generally deer resistant. Native to the Southeastern United States, Virginia Sweetspire prefers moist, rich, soils in full sun to partial shade, but tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and pHs; suitable to rain gardens. It will naturalize where given the space. ‘Henry’s Garnet’ can be grown in shadier conditions, but bloom will be lessened, and the long stems will reach toward the sun. Best flowering occurs with 4 hours of sun per day. If desired, prune to keep growth tidy; this plant blooms on previous season's wood, so pruning should be done immediately after flowering in late spring. 'Henry's Garnet' has larger flowers and better fall color  compared to the species.
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Associated SKUsAM018948
AM018904 (Plant - 4" Pot)
AM018932 (Tray of 3)
Common Name
Henry's Garnet Virginia Sweetspire
Botanical Name
Itea virginica Henry's Garnet
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Flower Size
3-6" long cylindrical drooping racemes
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Mature Spread
48-72" wide (4-6 feet)
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Dark green oval foliage turns shades of red,orange and gold in fall.
Soil Type
Clay Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Wet Sites
Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Hedge / Screen, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Additional Information
Great for rain gardens.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
ZoneShipping Status
Zone 2Shipping begins the week of September 11th, 2023
Zone 3Shipping begins the week of September 11th, 2023
Zone 4Shipping begins the week of September 11th, 2023
Zone 5Shipping begins the week of September 11th, 2023
Zone 6Shipping begins the week of September 18th, 2023
Zone 7Shipping begins the week of October 2nd, 2023
Zone 8Shipping begins the week of October 9th, 2023
Zone 9Shipping begins the week of October 9th, 2023
Zone 10Shipping begins the week of October 16th, 2023

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