Itea virginica

Virginia-willow, Sweetspire

Iteaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Use as a background plant in moist, shady areas. Charming when planted along a stream. Showy, longlasting, red fall coloration in northern areas. Blooms in late spring.
Propagation:Seed, cuttings.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral

Ecology

Wildlife:

Attracts a wide variety of insect pollinators.

Insects:
 
Native Habitats:Dome swamps, riverine swamps, seep slopes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:While occurring naturally in wetlands, this plant makes a good shrub in reasonably moist uplands.