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Itea ilicifolia

Itea

Itea ilicifolia
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<i>Itea ilicifolia</i>

Discovered in 1895 along China’s Yangtze River by Scottish-born doctor, botanist and linguist, Augustine Henry, this swank, long-loved evergreen won its first British garden award in 1911. Lustrous, alternate leaves with small hollyesque, soft spiny margins craft an impeccably tailored rich green foil for the dazzling, draped floral display that charms bees, flower arrangers and plant connoisseurs. Small, dense greenish cream-colored flowers resemble elegant, slender foot-long catkins and waft a sweet honey scent. Intolerant of drought, yet resistant to deer and rabbits, Holly-Leaf Sweetspire can be featured as an easy-care screen, a stylish mixed border specimen along a path or espaliered against a fence or courtyard wall. Adequate moisture, partial shade plus shelter from strong winds and hot sun guarantee its success.

Blooms late July–October

Size: 10' 0" high x 10' 0" wide.

Zone 6b/7.

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