Itea ilicifolia

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Itea ilicifolia
« on: July 14, 2011, 10:35:09 AM »
A very old, nearly forgotten climber! The long hanging inflorescences are amazing, and they are scented. The frost hardiness is impressively high: In the southern part of Germany, a really cold area, you can plant them at sheltered places outside. Otherwise a nice idea for conservatories - or outside in milder climates. Tolerates absolutely shady places.
« Last Edit: July 14, 2011, 11:40:21 AM by Alisdair »
Maria Sansoni
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John

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Re: Itea ilicifolia
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2011, 02:18:24 PM »
In London this is quite a common shrub which is often grown against a wall and can be trained to climb as in this picture on a friends house. It is two stories high to around 10 meters. It has to be pruned regularly to keep it under control. At home we have it as a free standing shrub which we have to prune to keep it to around 2 meters high.
John
Horticulturist, photographer, author, garden designer and plant breeder; MGS member and RHS committee member. I garden at home in SW London and also at work in South London.