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Little Henry® Sweetspire

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9
  • Height 2-3 Feet Tall
  • Spread 2-3 Feet Wide
  • Full Shade to Full Sun

The Little Henry Sweetspire appears to have it all! It will give you a stunning show for seasons. The unique fragrant blooms appear early in the summer with its foliage changing from green to oranges and reds in the fall. It can tolerate a variety of conditions and is deer resistant. This North American native is drought tolerant and brings pollinators to your landscape!

The foliage of the Little Henry Sweetspire is stunning. It is a bright green in the spring and summer and turns orange and red in the fall. The fragrant flowers are white and make their appearance early in the summer. It reaches a height of twenty-four to thirty-six inches. The spread is twenty-four to thirty-six inches. It has a mounded habit which makes it wonderful in a container. It is great for mass plating and works wonderfully as a border plant. Its small size makes it versatile to any area.

Little Henry Sweetspire Care

You can plant the Little Henry Sweetspire in full sun to full shade and it will thrive. However flowering is best with some sun. It is preferable to moist soil that is drained well. It has average water needs. Once established it can tolerate drought. It is not picky about PH levels. If desired, pruning can be done after blooming. After winter any dead wood should be removed. Fertilizer should be slow release and applied in the spring.

Little Henry Sweetspire Spacing

Spacing should be 36” to 44” inches, center on center. Proper spacing is important, especially in proximity planting such as mass planting, border planting, or ground cover.

Little Henry Sweetspire Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Flower Color(s): White
Bloom Period: Early Summer
Foliage Color(s): Green to Red/Orange
Light Exposure: Full Shade to Full Sun
Height Class: Tall
Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
Spacing: 3-4 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Blooms On: Old Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Scientific Name: Little Henry® Itea virginica 'Sprich' USPP 10,988
Common Name: Little Henry® Sweetspire
Other Name(s): Virginia Sweetspire; Virginia Willow
Brand: Proven Winners ColorChoice®
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Features: Fall Interest; Fragrant Flower
Attracts: Butterflies

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

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  • 5

    Posted by Gary Young on Jul 10th 2021

    The plants came well packaged and in healthy condition. They have been in the ground for almost a week now and I can already see that they are thriving. I am very happy with the quality of the plants and the online ordering experience.