- BOTANICAL NAME: Itea chinensis
- PRONUNCIATION: i-TEA-a chi-NEN-sis
- COMMON NAME: Chinese Sweetspire
- FAMILY: Iteaceae
- NATIVITY: China
- GROWTH HABIT: Low arching shrub.
- SIZE: The plant at the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens is 3' tall after 3 years. I expect the plant may reach 6' and as broad.
- HARDINESS: Zone 7 - 9, has withstood 0°F with no injury in a sheltered site.
- CULTURE: Sun to partial shade with adequate moisture. Does not appear to be fussy.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Use in groups, as a mass for the evergreen foliage or in naturalistic settings.
- FOLIAGE: Alternate, oblong to obovate, pronouncedly serrate, apex mucronate,
base obtuse, 3 - 5" long, leathery. Leaves dark green above, lighter beneath.
Petioles about 1/2 ".
- BUDS: Small , about 1/32", imbricately scaled with 6 scales, red with ciliate margin.
- BARK: Young stems green, glabrous, maturing gray.
- FLOWERS: The plant at the botanic gardens has not flowered, I have not found
a description of the flowers. Assume them to be small, white and arranged in racemes.
- FRUIT: Brown capsule.
- PROPAGATION: Seed, cuttings.
- PESTS: None serious.