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A picture of a Holly-Leaved Sweet Spire

Holly-Leaved Sweet Spire

Itea ilicifolia

Itea ilicifolia 2 by User:Imc (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Holly-Leaved Sweet Spire Overview

Itea ilicifolia, also known as an holly-leaved sweet spire, is an evergreen shrub that typically grows to a maximum height of around 5m and a maximum width of around 3m. Foliage is shiny and resembles that of holly. Flowers are green-white, scented and arranged densely in hanging catkin-like structures. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

How to propagate Holly-Leaved Sweet Spire



Semi-hardwood cuttings.

Special features of Holly-Leaved Sweet Spire

Attractive flowers

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Other uses of Holly-Leaved Sweet Spire

Specimen Summer interest.

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