Itea chinensis Hook. & Arn.

Chinese Sweetspire

Newly planted

Newly planted

Family: Iteaceae

Genus: Itea

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Size: 6 to 10' tall (30' in China)

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Alternate, dark green, glossy leaves, new growth lighter. Flowers in panicles, hanging, white, in spring.


Published in Bot. Beechey Voy. 189 t.39 in 1833.

Native to China, India, Laos and Vietnam.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Nurseries Caroliniana in March 2012 and planted it in the Almost Shade Garden. It struggled and finally gave up in winter 2014.

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