Itea ili­ci­fo­lia

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This su­perb grace­ful ev­er­green shrub from western China is best grown against a shel­tered wall to en­cour­age its 30cm racemes of catkin-like scented green­ish-white flow­ers; these are pro­duced from mid-sum­mer through to au­tumn. Although hardy, they en­joy shel­ter from cold dry­ing winds to pro­tect their glossy green leaves from scorch­ing. Itea will grow in any moist but well-drained soil in sun or par­tial shade and will pro­vide a mag­nif­i­cent show for many months.

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