(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.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun
- Eventual Size
- Shrub - Large (3m+)
- Growing Conditions
- Site: Coastal Areas, Soil: Dry/Sandy
- Special Features
- Catkins, Evergreen, Flowers in Summer, Honey Fungus Resistant, Scented