Itea virginica


Itea virginica - Sweetspire

Tips for Homeowners:

This shrub will spread by sending up new shoots (suckering), especially in moist conditions, so allow room to grow. Prune after flowering.

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The sweetly scented flowers will last for a long time in late spring to early summer.  The foliage is attractive all season long, but the fall foliage will spotlight the landscape.

  • Lightly fragrant flowers
  • Brilliant fall color
  • Rounded arching shape with clustered branches

Best to allow the shrub to spread naturally for erosion control or plant many of them to serve as a ground cover.

Height: 3-6 ft
Spread: 3-6 ft
Zone: 5-9
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Sweetspire:

Virginia Sweetspire is not only beautiful it is forgiving. The shrub prefers at least 6 hours of sun but will do beautifully in shade. It is a native plant that prefers moist soils, but will adapt to drought conditions as long as it gets ample water during establishment.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Ground Cover
  • Border or Bed
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing
  • Fragrant
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Mass Planting
  • Fall Color

Foliage Color:

  • Purple
  • Green
  • Red


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Wet Soil/Wetlands
  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Average Water