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Itea ilicifolia (Holly-leaved sweet spire)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Itea ilicifolia

Other names

Holly-leaved sweet spire

Genus

Itea Itea

Species

I. ilicifolia - I. ilicifolia is an evergreen shrub with long, pendant racemes of flowers from late summer to early autumn.


Itea ilicifolia is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are honey-scented, becoming stronger in the evening.

Habit

Narrowly columnar

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Greenish-white in Summer; Greenish-white in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Itea ilicifolia (Holly-leaved sweet spire) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil, in full sun or partial shade in a sheltered position. Good trained as a wall-shrub.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Itea ilicifolia

Other names

Holly-leaved sweet spire

Genus

Itea Itea

Species

I. ilicifolia - I. ilicifolia is an evergreen shrub with long, pendant racemes of flowers from late summer to early autumn.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are honey-scented, becoming stronger in the evening.

Habit

Narrowly columnar

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Greenish-white in Summer; Greenish-white in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Itea ilicifolia (Holly-leaved sweet spire) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil, in full sun or partial shade in a sheltered position. Good trained as a wall-shrub.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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