Itea ilicifolia /Holly-leaf Itea

Itea ilicifolia  / Itea ilicifolia
Holly-like foliage with spines along leaf margins
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Holly-like foliage with spines along leaf margins

Seed catkins in August

Dangling seed catkins

Holly-like leaves

Shrub form

Specimen shrub

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Scientific Name: Itea ilicifolia
Common Name: Holly-leaf Itea
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: The holly-leaf itea produces glossy, holly-like leaves with prominent spines along the margins of the leaves. The flowers are long catkins that can be nearly a foot long in spring. This is an excellent shrub for the woodland garden planted adjacent to paths so the unusual flowers can be seen in early spring.