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Little Henry® Sweetspire

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This product does not ship to: Idaho
  • 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
Plant type: Shrub
Light Exposure: Full shade to Full Sun
Flower Color(s): White
Bloom Period: Early Summer
Foliage Color(s): Green to Red/Orange
Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
Spacing: 3-4 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): Pink, white
Flower Description: Small, star-shaped flowers in clusters
Bloom Period: Spring to summer
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Small, oval-shaped leaves
Seasonal Interest: Spring flowers, summer foliage
Watering: Moderate
Resists: Deer, drought
Tolerates: Poor soil 
Attracts: Butterflies, hummingbirds
Container Role: Accent plant 
Uses: Foundation plant, border plant, mass planting
Features: Fragrant flowers, low-maintenance 
Common Name: LittleHenrySweetspire
Other Name(s): Henry's sweetspire
Scientific Name: Itea virginica 'Little Henry'



Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts always guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy & healthy. However, plant(s) are being shipped through the mail & sometimes 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. 

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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant(s). We will cover 100% of the price of the plant, but the warranty does not cover shipping costs. SImply let us know if your plant has died within 1 year of receiving it and we will get you a new one shipped out as soon as possible (depending on the time of the year and availability). We may ask for photos for documentation purposes, but we try to make the process as easy as possible.

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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


Get your order in early to reserve your plants for Spring planting!

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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

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