Itea virginica

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Virginia-willow, Sweetspire


Plant Specifics

Size:to 8 ft tall by to 6 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in late spring. Can have red fall color.
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:

Use as a background plant in moist, shady areas. Charming when planted along a stream. Blooms are showy, longlasting.

Has a tendency to produce suckers, so best planted where it can be contained.

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



Attracts a wide variety of insect pollinators.

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


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