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Virginia Sweetspire

Itea virginica

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Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Virginia Sweetspire flowers

Virginia Sweetspire flowers

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Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Virginia Sweetspire in fall

Virginia Sweetspire in fall

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5


A pretty native shrub which features long, narrow panicles of white flowers in early summer, spreads to form colonies, excellent blend of fall colors; not commonly found in gardens but definitely worthy, excellent for naturalizing

Ornamental Features

Virginia Sweetspire has racemes of fragrant white flowers at the ends of the branches in early summer. It has green deciduous foliage. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. The smooth brown bark and purple branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Virginia Sweetspire is a dense spreading deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Virginia Sweetspire is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Virginia Sweetspire will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features