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  • Virginian willow
  • Eventual height: 5m
  • Eventual spread: 3m

Itea ilicifolia

Virginian willow

RHS award of garden merit
2 litre pot £19.99
2 litre pot £19.99
  • Position: full sun to part shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need protection in winter)

    A spreading, evergreen shrub with spiny, glossy dark green, holly-like leaves, that can be used as either a free-standing shrub, or trained flat against a sunny, sheltered wall. In mid summer to early autumn, it is covered with long, drooping, catkin-like racemes of vanilla-fragranced, greenish-white flowers.

  • Garden care: Protect from cold, drying winds and apply a generous layer of mulch around young plants in autumn. Trim back to tidy in the spring and provide support for wall-trained plants.

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