Itea virginica 'Little Henry®'
Itea virginica, commonly called Virginia sweetspire, is an erect, rounded, broad-spreading, deciduous shrub with arching branches. Typically grows 3-4' (less frequently to 5') tall with a similar spread. Features fragrant, tiny white flowers borne in cylindrical, drooping racemes (3-6" long) which cover the shrub with bloom in late spring to early summer. Oval, dark green leaves (1-4" long) turn varying shades of red, orange and gold in autumn. Long period of fall color, with leaves often persisting on the plants until early winter.Genus name comes from the Greek word for willow in reference to the similarity of the leaves or flower clusters to those of some willows.Specific epithet means of Virginia.LITTLE HENRY is a dwarf version of the Missouri native species, with superior flowers and better fall color than the species.