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Itea ilicifolia
  • Itea ilicifolia
  • Itea ilicifolia

Itea ilicifolia

£19.95

(Holly-leaf Sweetspire) An evergreen shrub native to Western China, Itea ilicifolia has dark green, glossy, holly-like leaves and long catkin-like, greenish-white flowers with a pleasing scent in mid-summer.

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An evergreen shrub native to Western China, Itea ilicifolia has dark green, glossy, holly-like leaves and long catkin-like, greenish-white flowers with a pleasing scent in mid-summer.

Rather lax in habit, this delightful shrub is most often grown and trained against a wall where the reflected heat encourages more flowers and better growth, although in warmer parts of the U.K., Itea ilicifolia grows to be a striking standalone plant.

Generally speaking Itea illicifolia re slow growing when young and not for instant gratification. Best for patient gardeners!


  • Position: Warm in full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Itea ilicifolia appreciates shelter from strong winter winds.
  • Flowering Period: July - August.
  • Flower Colour: Greenish-white
  • Rate of Growth: Very slow until established then moderate.
  • Habit: Eventually a large, branching shrub.
    • Height: 4 m (13 ft).
    • Spread: 2.5 m (8 ft).
  • Notes: In our experience, the best Itea ilicifolia are often seen growing against warm, sunny, south or south-west facing walls or fences.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun
Eventual Size
Shrub - Large
Growing Conditions
Site: Coastal Areas, Soil: Dry/Sandy
Special Features
Catkins, Evergreen, Flowers in Summer, Honey Fungus Resistant, Scented