Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Virginia Sweetspire

Itea virginica
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest:
Main Color: White
Fall Color: Red
Hardy From Zone: 5
Hardy To Zone: 9
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Nesting, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

3 to
5
feet

Spread:

4 to
6
feet
Size
Height: 3 to
5
feet
Spread: 4 to
6
feet
Size
Height: 3 to
5
feet
Spread: 4 to
6
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Mass in a shrub border or group as a background plant in native gardens or perennial borders.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun or shade in moist, acidic soil. Will tolerate short periods of drought.
Special Features
Special Usage
Rainscaping, Fragrant
Basic Description

Shrub with slender upright branches that eventually arch over; usually wider than tall. Very fragrant clusters of drooping creamy white flowers May-June. Dark green leaves turn scarlet and crimson in fall, remaining showy for many weeks.

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