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Plant Species of the genus Itea

Information about this genus
Name: Itea
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Frost hardiness varies, but the commonly grown species are reasonably tough and will thrive in most well-drained soils with a position in full sun or partial shade. They are, however, not drought tolerant and need ample summer moisture. Propagate from seed or half-hardened cuttings.
Description: Very attractive yet not widely cultivated, the 10 evergreen and deciduous shrubs and small trees in this genus present an interesting combination of foliage and flowers. Members of the currant or gooseberry family, their foliage is often more reminiscent of holly and their flowers are like those of hazel or the tassel tree (Garrya). Found naturally in Asia, with a sole eastern North American representative, the evergreens offer dark lustrous leaves throughout the year, while the deciduous species have brilliant autumn foliage color. The catkin-like racemes, although interesting, are not colorful and are really more of a novelty for their contrast with the foliage.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Itea chinensis 7-9
Itea ilicifolia 7-10
virginica 5-9

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