Itea virginica

Tassle-White, Virginia Sweetspire

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In Stock: 0.693 lb (Total:0.693lb)
  • Itea virginica

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Growing Info

Scarification: none required
Stratification: none required
Germination: requires light for germination, surface sow and keep moist

Other: Sterile soil should be used, care should be taken to not sow the seed too thick 

ngle plants tend to be scraggly. Virginia Sweetspire, also known as Itea virginica, is a versatile shrub that adds beauty to any landscape. This deciduous to semievergreen shrub grows between 3 to 6 feet tall and is multistemmed, suckering, and colonizing. Its arching stems and unique growth pattern make it a standout in any garden.

During the summer, Virginia Sweetspire boasts alternate, elliptical leaves with finely serrated margins. The medium to dark green leaves are 1.5 to 4 inches long and 0.75 to 1.25 inches wide. These leaves give the shrub a lush appearance and a smooth, glabrous surface.

By autumn, Virginia Sweetspire showcases a spectacular display of fall foliage. The leaves transform into a mix of yellow, orange, crimson, and maroon, creating a beautiful blend of colors in your landscape.

In June, Virginia Sweetspire produces 2 to 6-inch long racemes of small, white flowers that are lightly fragrant. These showy flowers add elegance and charm to any garden. The flowers are followed by non-ornamental, small capsules that persist through the winter.

The stems of Virginia Sweetspire are another attractive feature. Sun-exposed stems are purple-red, creating a striking contrast against the green stems on the opposite side. The stems are glabrous, adding to the unique appearance of the shrub.

Virginia Sweetspire thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers fertile, moist soils. It is pH adaptable, making it a versatile option for various types of landscapes. Its natural growth habit and arching shoots make it useful for naturalistic plantings and large masses or colonies. Additionally, Virginia Sweetspire is relatively pest-free and attracts butterflies.

While Virginia Sweetspire is generally hardy, it may struggle in extremely cold temperatures below -20 degrees Fahrenheit. However, once established, it is drought-tolerant.

Overall, Virginia Sweetspire is an excellent choice for anyone looking to add beauty and charm to their landscape. Its stunning foliage, showy flowers, and adaptable nature make it a perfect addition to gardens, borders, and naturalistic plantings.

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