AWARD

ITEA ilicifolia

Commonly known as Holly-leaf sweetspire

Glossy dark green holly-like leaves and catkin-like yellowish green fragrant flowers
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    oval to elliptic, spiny-toothed leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
  • Yellow
    Yellowish green
  • Height
    To 5m (16ft)
  • Spread
    3m (10ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Erect, then spreading, shrub with arching shoots
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
    In moist soil. Shelter from cold winds.
  • Partial shade

ITEA ilicifolia

 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Good against a warm, sunny wall.
    Pests & Diseases
    None
    Place of origin
    Western China
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Racemes
    Pendent, catkin-like racemes to 30cm (12in) long of small flowers 7mm (¼in) across
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Dentate
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 6
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
    Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
    When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.

    RHS group 9 & 11
    Pruning group 8
    Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
    Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
    When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.

    RHS group 12 & 13
    If wall-trained
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
    Honey-scented.
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
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Itea Growing Guide
to 5m (16ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)
 

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