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Question about Itea virginica/Little Henry shrub

Postby CG admin » Jun 04, 2009 11:01 am

I was wondering if there was someone who could answer my question about a shrub I have? I got a cute little shrub about two years ago called.....Itea virginica, or Little Henry and I love it, the first year it was doing really well ( I planted it in a sun/shade spot inbetween two hostas). Last year I noticed the hostas were getting too big for all three plants but didn't tant to move it just then. This year I just put in a new flower garden in the front of my house wich faces north and gets early morning and late evening sun. I transplanted my Little Henry to my new flower bed but was just wondering if I should expect anything from this shrub this year? What should I be doing to help this little guy out...I really love this little plant and don't want to lose

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Re: Question about Itea virginica/Little Henry shrub

Postby Ian66 » Jun 04, 2009 10:56 pm

Sounds like the new location will suit him just fine. He may not bloom (depends if he has trouble re-establishing himself this year), but he may bloom and will probably bloom next year.

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Re: Question about Itea virginica/Little Henry shrub

Postby Pansy » Jun 04, 2009 11:00 pm

Tara looked this schrub up in my book.

Likes any soil except extremely alkaline.

Hardy to -15 C.

Full sun to part shade.

As a young plant rarely gives any indication of the performance to

come in later years.
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Re: Question about Itea virginica/Little Henry shrub

Postby A Closet Canuck » Jun 05, 2009 11:03 pm

"Little Henry" virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) will sulk for a year after transplanting; it takes a little to get re-established. Mine was on the northeast side of the house in perpetually damp, but not soggy soil, so it sounds like your location will suit it just fine. I got rid of it because I thought the foliage was too coarse to look right with its neighbors. I have "Henry's Garnett" virginia sweetspire on the other side of the house and just love this plant. It is taller and spreads further than "Little Henry", has the same lovely blooms and turns a wonderful color reddish sort of in the fall.
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