Holly-leaved sweet spire

Itea Ilicifolia

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The Holly-leaved sweet spire is a remarkable and astonishing shrub native to China. Also called Itea Ilicifolia, it exhibits...
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The Holly-leaved sweet spire is a remarkable and astonishing shrub native to China. Also called Itea Ilicifolia, it exhibits glossy, evergreen foliage reminiscent of holly. Unlike its namesake, its shiny green leaves paler on the underside, oval and toothed are devoid of thorns, so it does not sting. Its flowering in long clusters of small inflorescences forming catkins of 50 cm perfumes the garden with its exquisite fragrance at the end of summer.

It is from July to September that the Holly-leaved sweet spire is adorned with sumptuous cascades of flowers and honey of a superb creamy yellow to greenish yellow. Itea Ilicifolia has a fairly rapid growth. It can reach a height of 3 m for a span of equal dimension. Quite resistant, it supports negative temperatures down to -15 to -20 ° C. Moreover, we do not know of any diseases or harmful insects.

The Itea Ilicifolia prefers a well-drained soil, slightly acidic and humus. In order to ensure good rooting, it is better to favor mulching of the foot as well as regular watering in summer, afterwards, once well rooted, it supports summer drought very well. The Holly-leaved sweet spire naturally finds its place in alignment with a varied hedge, along a wall sheltered from cold winds in order to promote its growth. It also adapts to container culture by revealing a touch of the exotic to your terrace.


  • Common name Holly-leaved sweet spire
  • Family Grossulariaceae
  • Number of species 10
  • Origin China
  • Category shrub
  • Height 3 m
  • Spread 3 m
  • Foliage evergreen
  • Hardiness -15°C
  • Blossom July August September
  • Color of flowers greenish
  • Position Sun, partial shade
  • Use hedge - isolated - shrub bed - edge of pond - pot - against a wall
  • Soil well drained, slightly acidic and humus
  • Habit Spreading
  • Earth to use 75% universal potting soil and 25% heath earth
  • Enemies nothing to report
  • Possible diseases resistant to diseases
  • Copyright image Wikimedia common
  • Photo Wikimedia Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode


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