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Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
3-6 ft. H X 4-6 ft. W
Small, white, lightly fragrant flowers are borne in a bottle-brush arrangement on the ends of the branches.
Bloom Time Notes:
Elliptical, dark green, shiny, finely toothed, pointed on the end.
The numerous flowers support pollinators.
Grows naturally in swamps and along the edges of streams and ponds and is tolerant of flooding.
When dormant the plant can be divided by removing suckers with roots; also propagated by softwood cuttings and seed collected after the seedheads have dried.
Sun or Shade:
Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) is best grown in full sun to partial shade in moist, loamy soil; even though found in wet places naturally, it adapts well to normal garden conditions; best planted in masses or allowed to colonize naturally; suckers easily so should be planted where that will not be a problem or where suckers can be easily controlled; avoid fertilizing unless absolutely necessary as it will cause excessive suckering.
The early summer blooms are showy and attract butterflies; when winters are mild, it can be semi-evergreen to evergreen, but if the weather turns cold it has excellent fall color; several named varieties are available in the nursery trade and this plant is used in professional landscapes quite a bit.
Other Common Names: Virginia Willow