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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
holly-leaved sweet spire
Itea can be deciduous shrubs, or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with small white, cream or pale green flowers
I. ilicifolia is a medium-sized evergreen shrub with glossy, holly-like, broadly oval leaves to 10cm in length. Small, greenish-white flowers in drooping racemes to 30cm in length are strongly honey-scented and borne in profusion from mid summer
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect West-facing or East-facing or North-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade
Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning Pruning group 9 or Pruning group 13 if wall trained
Pests Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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holly-leaved sweet spire
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